There has always seemed something heroic about women writers, especially in the harsh frontier society of New Zealand.Not only did they contend with life in a cultural backwater but they had to cope with harsh conditions, limited opportunities, male chauvinism and more.
Katherine Mansfield has always been one of my heroines and favourite writers but I think also of Jane Mander, Robyn Hyde, Janet Frame, Jean Watson. Even the redoubtable Lady Barker struggled to make her voice heard. Amongst contemporary New Zealand women writers there have also been stories of struggle and hardship.
Do you have a Kiwi writing heroine? Do you think the adversity in their lives shaped their writing?