A Room of One's Own

What might have happened to Judith if she had been allowed to develop her talents?

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Judith Shakespeare is the fictional sister of William Shakespeare, the narrator imagines Judith's life of unrealized genius: though just as brilliant as her brother, Judith is unable to fulfill her potential in her patriarchal Elizabethan society and eventually commits suicide. She is an example of why there were no women of genius in Elizabethan times; even if a woman managed to rise above her uneducated, poor, servile state--something the narrator hardly doubts possible--society would never allow her the opportunity to utilize her mind in the same way as a man. She envisions Judith becoming more famous than her brother if her talents were permitted to flourish.