After graduating from Smith
College in 1955, Sylvia Plath read English on a Fulbright fellowship
at Cambridge. She married English poet Ted Hughes in 1956 and returned
to Northampton, Massachusetts, in September 1957 to teach English
for a year at Smith College. In the Sophian interview, shown here,
Plath comments on British education, politics, class divisions and
attitudes toward women: English men still hold to the belief
that women are dangerous when they are intelligent.
On the same page of
the Sophian is an article by Gloria Steinem in which she describes
some of the social customs of India, including arranged marriages,
and the political realities of the regionconflicts in the
Middle East, Arab nationalism, and the Kashmir issue. Living abroad
caused her to examine U.S. foreign policy with a fresh eye.