Though many readers associate Alcott with the sweetness of Little Women, Reisen tells NPR‘s Linda Wertheimer, Alcott’s legacy — and Jo March’s, too — is really about the empowerment of women and girls around the world.
“You don’t grow up to walk two steps behind your husband when you’ve met Jo March,” says one Alcott fan.
In the time since Little Women was published in 1868, Reisen says she believes a countless number of women have — as Alcott put it — “resolved to take fate by the throat and shake a living out of her.”
Director Christina Xie, Screening Programmer of the Guangzhou (formerly Canton) China Festival GZ DOC reported an enthusiastic response to the January screening of the American Masters film about a writer beloved in China as the author of the widely-read Little Women. A more detailed report was in the works, she said.