I admire so many things about Anne of Green Gables. She is smart, independent, determined, and of course highly imaginative. She came from a place where she was unloved and unwanted, and by the sheer virtue of being truly herself—mistakes and all—she won her way into profound and loving relationships with many around her. For me, Anne may have been the first feminist-type character I ever read. Her priorities were always about studying and improving her mind, finding kindred spirits to share her thoughts and fancies with. While the day to day of her domestic responsibilities and of all women in the novels certainly weighed in on the narrative, they didn’t often drive the narrative: unless it was Anne making some huge mistake, like the rat in her plum sauce or being covered in feather mattress ticking when an important guest arrived unexpectedly. Anne competed academically with the boys and went on to college, then university, with the goal of being a teacher. She bristled at the suggestion that she continued her education to ‘find a husband.’ A future of domesticity and homemaking weren’t really on her radar, but that is where she landed in the end. The great thing about the way Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote Anne’s life is that you never felt like any of her choices were ultimately a disappointment. I guess that’s the kind of feminist I turned out to be. I maybe didn’t envision a family life for myself when I was younger, but I don’t think I sacrificed who I am to have one.
- Sara Holloway, Executive Director at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center
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