Imagine a time when sexism was protocol. Now imagine a woman who stepped up, and even implied these problems in her literature. That powerful mistress was Charlotte Bronte, a British author, and very strong woman. She lived a tough life, often suffering from many untimely deaths, including her own. Her sisters were incomparable assets to her mental and emotional strength. In addition to her family, her brief teaching career was likely impactful on her esteemed poetry and other collective works. Her illustrious life was highlighted by her sisters, her various educational roles, and her recovery from tough times.
In the delicate times of the early 19th century, Charlotte Bronte was born in 1816. She was born to reverend Patrick Bronte and Maria Bronte in England. She also had 2 younger sisters: Emily and Ann, born in 1818 and 1820, respectively. Unfortunately, her mother passed in the next year, 1821. 3 years later in 1824, Charlotte and Emily were sent to a clergy daughter's academy in Cowan Bridge, along with 2 older sisters. The Bronte family again suffered losses that next year. They mourned the 2 oldest sisters, as they died of disease. Emily and Charlotte were sent home as a result. (http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/bronte/cbronte/brontbio.html)
Several years later in 1831, Charlotte decided to return to school, this time at Roe Head. Her tenure there was delayed by 3 years, because in 1832 she returned home to teach her sisters. In 1835 Charlotte returned to Roe Head, however, this time as a governess, or teacher. Ironically, her sisters attended the same school as students. Emily was a student in 1835, but left, many assume due to home sickness. In 1836-37, Ann attended Roe Head. A few years later, in 1842, the Bronte sisters devised a plan to start up their own academy. They all went to Brussels for the proper studies. Then around 1844, they started the school up. The school was terribly unsuccessful though. The sisters were unskilled in marketing and advertisement. This resulted in lack of public interest.
The sisters may be at a low point in after the school failure. They may have also been unable to support themselves independently and financially. This most likely led to them publishing various poems in there book. They used false names of made up men. Charlotte used the name Currer, Emily was Ellis, and Ann was Acton. They used the surname Bell, a common name that did not sound suspicious at the time. The sister used this pseudonyms approach to write several books. Though Charlotte's success was not immediate; her earliest known novel "The Professor" was rejected for publication. This was followed by great success from all the sisters. Charlotte's "Jane Eyre" was arguably the most popular work of hers. The book was revised for the theater in 2011, and the film grossed over 30 million dollars. (http://m.imdb.com/title/tt1229822/) Ann's "Agnes Grey" and Emily's "Wuthering Heights" were also...