A Woman to Know: Christine de Pizan

A person whose head is bowed and whose eyes are heavy cannot look at the light. — Christine de Pizan

(image via Wikimedia Commons)


I love the caption on the photo above: "Christine de Pizan, lecturing men."

Christine's most famous work, "City of Ladies," is regarded as one of the first feminist texts in Western history. Published in 1405, the book imagines different notable women from early history as individual bricks constructing the titular "City of Ladies." The book was a success among male and (the then very few) female readers alike. Wealthy patrons flocked to her work, and Christine was able to support herself and her family from her writing, until her death in 1430.

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