Another thing to look at is Jo's love of writing fantasy and how she hopes to be a published author someday. And not for some women's magazine - she wanted to publish a novel that wasn't woman-directed. Women didn't write novels like that back then. It was an absurd thought. At first, when writing for a newspaper, she would use the male form of her name - Joe - to get her work printed. Women wrote fluffly dime novels for other women to enjoy. Jo knew this, yet her desire to beat the odds drove her forward, and she eventually was able to publish her novel.
During the Civil War, times were very hard. But the March sisters managed to find a little joy in everything and push on through the turmoil - leaving a great example for people today.