Shayla Seidner English 1110 3 October 2018 Professions of a Women "Professions for Women" is a shortened version of the speech Virginia Woolf made before a branch of the National Society for Women's service on January 21, 1931. Virginia Woolf was born into a privileged England home on January 25, 1882. Virginia comes from a very hard background where she suffered from depression at a very young age 13 and from being sexually abused by her half brothers. As a young girl, Woolf had a passion for writing and wrote her first novel, The Voyage Out, in 1915. throughout her career, she spoke regularly at universities, wrote essays and self-published a long list of short stories in addition to her novels. By her forties, she thought of herself as an innovative and influential feminist writer. Virginia had an urge to be understood by men and women. In this essay, Virginia advocated for females rights during a time when men dominated and controlled women. Woolf uses rhetoric, Avant grade, and the overreaching concept of gender to help get her ideas across to the readers and furthermore, to the world. Avant-Garde is defined as, "new and unusual or experimental ideas, especially in the arts, or the people introducing them"(google). During the time period, the 1900's- 1930s, women were not seen or acknowledge as writers or even more women.