Category Archives: Feminism

December 08

The Passions of Camille Claudel: Sculptor, Woman

On the 8th of December 1864, Camille Claudel was born in Fère-en-Tardenois, Aisne, northern France. As a teenager, Claudel was determined to make it as an artist in Paris, so she convinced her parents to fund her studies at the Academie Colarossi. Here, she met Rodin who was filling in for her teacher Boucher. Very […]

November 20

Selma Lagerlöf’s Literary Lesbian Liaisons

On the 20th of November 1858, Selma O. L. Lagerlöf was born in Östra Emterwik Värmland, western Sweden. In 1909, she was famously the first ever female writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature and is perhaps best known for her children’s book The Wonderful Adventures of Nils Holgersson (1906).  In 1914, she also […]

November 14

Pioneer Journalist Globetrotter Nelly Bly

On the 14th of November 1889, journalist Nellie Bly, born Elizabeth Cochran (1864 – 1922), at just 25 years of age, began her solo travel around the world. A year earlier, Bly had suggested to her editor Pulitzer at the New York World that she was to be despatched on a trip which would turn […]

November 02

Hite’s Sex Study that Aroused Feminists

American-German sexologist Shere Hite was born on the 2nd of November 1942 in Missouri, U.S.A. In 1976, at the height of a second feminist wave in America, when she was still a young, unknown graduate student, she published The Hite Report: A Nationwide Study of Female Sexuality. The book sold some 50 million copies worldwide. […]

October 06

Bette Davis: Bring the Bitch Back!

On the 6th of October 1989, actress Bette Davies died of breast cancer at the age of 81 in the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. On her Hollywood tombstone, the inscription reads: She did it the hard way, summing up a woman’s lifetime of struggle for perfection but also survival. Most of this struggle was by […]

September 28

English Utopia in the Art of Helen Allingham

On the 28th of September 1926, Victorian water-colourist and illustrator Helen Allingham, born Helen M. E. Paterson, died in Haslemere, Surrey, England. Her career “was circumscribed by, relied upon, and exceeded accepted norms of landscape painting in the nineteenth century. She painted out-of-doors, for example, a common mode of practice none the less considered suspect […]

September 20

Gertrud Arndt: Photo Pioneer of Female ‘Self-Disguise’

On the 20th of September 1903, German Bauhaus photographer Gertrud Arndt was born in Hantschk Ratibor, Upper Silesia. Arndt studied at the Bauhaus in Dessau (under Klee, Gropius and Itten), where she subsequently also taught. Her primary discipline was weaving, her textile designs showcasing the rigid geometric pattern-making typical of the Bauhaus aesthetic. “She must […]