Theoretically, gender separates authors in no more of a respect than do the author's birthstone or favorite color. It is an overanalyzed element that does not factor into the equation of good writing. The variances of the two sexes exist predominantly anatomical: not in thought or greatness of writing. The prevalence of an androgynous mind, however will aptly aid in defining the greatness of writers to come. Both femininity and masculinity harbor literary potential in their own respect. And an appeal to both genders is necessary for achieving literary greatness. A mind capable of reaching mutually to an audience diversified in gender will serve for a much more successful career in writing. This matter though, is becoming an issue of the past, as a collective androgynous mentality seems to exist about the vast majority of professional modern writers. Meanwhile, female authors are finally breaking the seams of intolerance, which in the past had impaired their success terribly.
By the nature of the society, humans are intrinsically discriminatory towards others. Along with prejudice against class, race, color, and religion came by way of gender. Historically, women have been discriminated against in all ways imaginable. It then comes to no surprise that female authors have continually had to endure the biased judgment of their male critics. Throughout the entire life of English literature, sexism has suppressed the works of women as it still somewhat apparent today. Virginia Woolf provides a first-hand account of such discrimination inA Room of One's Own? by showing the cruel difference among the male and female students and writers of her time. Aspiring young men of the time had access to fine libraries and universities, and were given all the support possible to pursue their careers. The women, conversely, did not have such highly attainable and quality means of education.