Friday, 2 May 2014

Philosopher Marie le Jars de Gournay: Early Feminist Who Loved to Read

May 2, 2014 

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Noble lady of the 16th century. Image by Janet Cameron
Noble lady of the 16th century. Image by Janet Cameron, all rights reserved.

Marie le Jars de Gournay (1565-1645) is sometimes known as La Dame de Gournay. She was the first of six children born into a noble family in Paris, but sadly, her father died when she was young and her mother moved the family to Gournay.
She was a unique young woman, for while it would be more natural for a noblewoman like her, according to the culture of her time, to sew, or plan a trousseau; she was more interested in studying, and would slip away at every opportunity to resume her reading. Read more

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