There is the saying, “Behind every great man is a great woman.” During the Victorian period, this saying could be considered the theme as women were supporting their husbands and children from within the home. Eventually though, women no longer wanted to be behind. Instead they wanted to be more involved with society by being alongside men. The short story “The Price of an Inspiration” by Ellen A. Smith published in The Argosy May 1900 volume demonstrates this eagerness through a woman named Kathleen Hayes alongside her classmate Carl Brenner. The two come to learn throughout the story that as society and women’s roles transitioned into the Modern period, women were fighting for the chance to demonstrate that they could expand their support in society by developing and sharing their talents.
Buhler, Hana, "“The Price of an Inspiration” and Feminism" (2019). Modernist Short Story Project. 23.