Between the Lines presents: The 1940’s African American Female Character: Gender Equality is Such an Illusion
Female characters, much like real life, have been portrayed in seemingly radical (according to present-day norm) ways. Many times the “ideal woman” is one who submissively accepts her subservient plight in life, without much resistance. Yet readers find their interests pique by authors who dare to portray their heroine as one who bucks the system in an attempt to afford herself the same opportunities as male counterparts. In Ramona Lowe’s “Woman in the Window” and Charles Chesnutt’s “Uncle Wellington’s Wives,” these two writers expose some of these extreme portrayals of African American women, during the 1940’s.