Women have been treated as unequal and far different from men (Majupuria, 1990). These feminists believed that although men were stronger physically than women, women had strengths far much superior in most areas. This made women more suited in life for certain responsibilities. This paper therefore seeks to address women’s role then and now. In so doing, the paper will script a conversation between two notable women from 18th and 19th century (Alice Walker and Isabel Allende) on the roles women should play in the society. In this conversation, the paper will include biographic details of the women, their historical status in the period they lived, the opinion the held during the time they lived on the role women should play in the society, and what they might think about the current roles of women.
Alice Walker, best referred to as the author of The Color Purple, was Georgia sharecropper’s eighth child. After being blinded in one eye in a childhood accident, she became a valedictorian in her local school. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and Spellman College on scholarships and graduated in 1965. Alice Walker was a volunteer in the 1960 voter registration drive in Georgia, and later worked in Welfare Department in New York City after college. Alice Walker divorced in 1976 from her 1967 marriage. Her first poetic book was released in 1968 and her very first novel just after giving birth to her daughter in 1970. The early novels, poems and short stories of Alice Walker dealt with themes such as violence, rape, racism, women discrimination, sexism, multi generational perspectives, and troubled relationships. Alice Walker became known to a much wider audience in 1982 when The Color Purple came out. This brought both controversy and fame. She was criticized widely for portraying men negatively in The Color Purple. Alice Walker was credited with