Three guineas

Virginia Woolf. Tres guinees. Barcelona: Institut Català Internacional per la Pau; Angle, 2011

The renowned literary author Virginia Woolf decided to write a pamphlet against militarist fascism as a way of taking action against prevailing opinion, in the context of the Spanish civil war and in view of the threat of another war in Europe that was soon to begin.

Three guineas (1938) is an essay on women's contribution to peacekeeping. The text is written from the privileged vantage point of the outsider; the outsider who has been deprived of participation in the male spheres of power, wealth and prestige, who is able to observe them from the outside and understand their connections with war. For the author, the outsider's position is therefore a source of freedom that women can creatively bring into play in order to contribute to peace.