At a time when Ottoman Turkish women began to become visible in public life Halide Edib Adıvar, too, gives women a central place in her works. The author who questions the roles of women in social life evaluates the tensions between the traditional way of life and modernism from various perspectives. This article focuses on the efforts of the female characters in Halide Edib’s novels “Ateşten Gömlek”, “Vurun Kahpeye” and “Yeni Turan” to find a place for themselves in the spaces where male domination prevailed. In addition it investigates the efforts of female characters in the same novels to reimagine the roles of women that are based on traditional structures.
Male Domination, Woman, Social Gender, public life.