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1 Top Girls: Win and Nell pg By Katrina and Katherine

2 Context Top Girls management agency → 1980’s → seeing a change in gender equality → rising number of women taking on authoritative positions → Marlene given the position of managing director early part of the play talks about different women in history who suffered under the patriarchal society and expectations → shows how far gender equality has come and evolved → comparison of their struggle however women are still victims of gender discrimination, have to overcome a lot, particularly working women who may face belittlement at work Looks at the life of Marlene, a fine example of an independent career woman seeking success

3 Character Both Nell and Win represent the rising number of independent, headstrong and able career women in the 1980’s Both share an indifference towards relationships

4 Win ●Constantly talks about her lovers rose garden, but never talks about the man himself → more attracted to what he has than the emotional/physical connection ●Has a married lover, regards the relationship as something “fun” → would have no misgivings about abandoning the relationship ○ “The minute its not secret I’m out on my ear” pg 51 ●Refers to herself and Nell as “tough birds” → knows that they’re doing very well

5 Nell an independent and high achieving career woman → places career over marriage o If I were to play house, I would play house ace o I could go on working and not marry him same tier in terms of ability and intelligence as Marlene, but much to her disdain, is not picked for the managing director → marlene chosen instead o “Oh yes. Aces” despite this she’s still glad Marlene was chosen over Howard, a male employee → believes in women’s rights→ compares the traits of women in a stereotypical male way to emphasise her point in female dominance o “Our Marlene’s got far more balls than Howard and that’s that.” however understands and adheres to societal conventions → when scouting for potential employees they place emphasis on first impressions and physical appearance o “If you’ve any really pretty bastards, Marlene, I want some for Prestel. o “Good looker?”

6 Use of Language Similarly to the opening scene, the 2 characters also interrupt each other at points o Pg. 46, 47 Gossiping → typical behavior associated with females, however they are really straight to the point → short, succinct responses → they don’t like to dawdle, reflects their personalities They speak like men, use of profanities → so they can thrive in the male dominated world of business o “Fuck that for a joke” - Nell, pg 51 When they talk about men they’re slightly condescending o “He’s not overbright” pg 48 o “Poor little nerd” pg 48 Talk about “playing house” pg 50 → the idea of being tied down to home doesn’t appeal to them → they treat domesticity as a joke, would cause setbacks to their careers


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