20th century, Arts

‘In the Beginning, Woman Was the Sun’ and the Foundation of Japan’s First Feminist Journal

By Polly Stannard Although Hiratsuka Raichō’s career as a writer, campaigner and political activist spanned many decades, she is best known for her involvement with Japan’s premier women’s literary—and later feminist—journal, the aptly named Bluestocking (Seitō). In this article, I examine the impact of Raichō’s famous inaugural essay, ‘In the Beginning, Woman Was the Sun’.… Continue reading ‘In the Beginning, Woman Was the Sun’ and the Foundation of Japan’s First Feminist Journal