please define the concept of 'New Woman' in Mrs Warren's profession. how does it relate with Vivie? can Vivie be a New Woman ?
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Answered by jill d #170087
Many of the characters invoke the idea of being "conventional" or "unconventional" as a personality trait either in themselves or other characters. Vivie clearly rejects conventions in relation to what it means to be a woman and what is expected of her gender; she refuses to marry or take care of her mother, Mrs. Warren. In these ways, she exemplifies the "New Woman," a feminist ideal described by Winnifred Harper Cooley in her 1904 publication The New Womanhood. The idea had been around for decades, and Shaw was a proponent of it: the "New Woman" was independent, educated, and practical. Mrs. Warren, too, is unconventional in that she became a prostitute and continues to manage brothels.