Octavia Butler and her novel Kindred are the focus of this paper. Use the theme of gender to link the author with her novel. The theme of race can also be used but I would like to focus on the theme of gender more. For example, the novel’s main character Dana time travels quite frequently to the 1800s to a plantation. As a black woman on the plantation sexual assault and belittling is rampant. The author Butler grew up during the civil rights movement and as a black woman who took the career path of a writer, it was not easy. As a female in a white male documented profession during a time when racism was normalized please talk about how that influenced the novel.