A Room with a View is all about women. There’s a strong sense of what a woman should be like in the society Forster describes – that is, what they’re expected to be like. However, the author gives us an earnest and refreshingly frank portrait of the interior life of the female protagonist, as she discovers that following the rules of “proper” femininity can rub her the wrong way at times. The choice she is faced with is whether or not she can bring herself to break some of these rules to attain personal happiness as one free-thinking woman, or if she’ll stick to the expectations society has for the Ideal (read: obedient) Woman.
Age is seen as the greatest threat to women in this novel.
Female desire is an unacceptable concept to most of the characters in the novel, even the women.