To the core Zora Neale Hurston embodies the ideologies of feminism. As a preeminent African American female novelist, short-story writer, anthropologist and influencer, Hurston has made history in more ways than one. Hurston is the definition of a self-sufficiant woman, she never let her economic or social status interfere with her ambitions, in fact it is what fueled her dream . Education was her foundation towards success. Since she was born during an era of discrimination, she had to bend a few rules to attend school. It all worked out in her benefit though, through her studies of anthropology, Hurston focused on the African American community, understanding our culture and how we've adapted to such a harsh life.
Hurston is one of my favorite authors and feminist for numerous reasons. One of my top 5 books include, Their Eyes Were Watching God, which tells the story of love and hardship for a black woman in America during the 1930's ( I recommend everyone to read it). Hurston's feminist thoughts are clearly illustrated throughout her works. Her female characters are always strong-willed women, with the capability to think and act for themselves. Hurston frequently portrays her male characters as weak, needy and dependent men. Her black characters were a reflection of the African American culture in our society. She gave women a voice, gave women a purpose, her books told the story of discovery self love and learning to make the most out of any circumstances.
Hurston was an influencer during the Harlem Renaissance, but after the depression came, society shifted from culture to politics and much of Hurston's writing afterwards did not get much attention. In fact Hurston's life went on a downward spiral, from working as a maid, to having a stroke and then to moving into assisted living; life was never rainbows and cupcakes all the time for the astounding author. Although, Hurston life was not one filled with glamour, her work is her legacy and is apart of Black history. Another bad ass feminist who defied the status quo.