Simone de Beauvoir: Feminist, Philosopher, Trailblazer

Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir. A cycle and footbridge across the River Seine in Paris, named for France's great woman. philosopher. Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons.

Forgotten Simone de Beauvoir, a feminist, philosopher and trailblazer, challenged existing beliefs and ideas in the feminist world.

Hypatia of Alexandria: Philosopher and the First Notable Woman Mathematician

Hypatia, philosopher and challenger of assumptions, died a terrible death at the hands of Peter the Reader and his cohorts. Drawing by Jules Maurice Gaspard.

The lovely and talented Hypatia of Alexandria was a female philosopher and the first notable woman mathematician. She was also murdered with oyster shells.

Mary Wollstonecraft: The First Feminist Scandalises Society

Plaque for Mary Wollstonecroft, outside The Polygon, where she died in 1797. Image by Ellaroth

Mary Wollstonecraft, an early feminist and contemporary of Jane Austen, died young, after giving birth to Mary Shelley of ‘Frankenstein’ fame.

Frances Ellen Watkins: Teacher, Writer and Underground Railroad Conductor


Frances Harper: She wasn’t only a teacher, talented speaker and writer – she also fought for women’s rights, and was an Underground Railroad conductor.

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