“We did not like to declare ourselves women, because — without at that time suspecting that our mode of writing and thinking was not what is called ‘feminine’ — we had a vague impression that authoresses are liable to be looked on with prejudice.”
Charlotte Brontë, in her explanation of why she and her two sisters wrote under the male pseudonyms Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell, published in Biographical Notice of Ellis and Acton Bell for the 1850 edition of Wuthering Heights.
“It’s assumed that women writers will not write anything important – anything truly serious or necessary, revelatory or wise.”
“Our work [is] pruned back until it’s compact enough to fit inside a pink cover.”
Catherine Nichols in an essay published in Harpers, 2015
Unknown woman, formerly known as Charlotte Brontë by Unknown artist
watercolour, 1850 © National Portrait Gallery, London