Friday, 21 May 2010

Friday Feminist - Christine de Pizan

Cross posted

But recall, nevertheless, dear friend, how it seems that God has deliberately wished to show men that even if women do not possess the great strength and physical daring which men usually have, they should not say nor should they believe that this is because strength and physical daring are excluded from the feminine sex: this is obvious, because in many women God has made manifest enormous courage, strength, and boldness to undertake and execute all kinds of hard tasks, just like those great men - solemn and valorous conquerors - have accomplished...

Christine de Pizan, The Book of the City of Ladies, 1405

1 comment:

Hugh said...

I wish all the people who hold up Mary Wollstonecraft as the first feminist writer would pay a bit more attention to Christine de Pizan.