Famous French Feminists

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Simone de Beauvoir
(French Existentialist Philosopher, Writer, Social Theorist, and Feminist Activist)
Simone de Beauvoir
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Birthdate: January 9, 1908
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 14, 1986
French author and existentialist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir is best remembered for her feminist treatise The Second Sex and her novels The Mandarins and She Came to Stay. Her literary contributions also include essays, biographies, and her autobiographical works. She won the Prix Goncourt and the Jerusalem Prize.
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Hélène Cixous
(French Feminist Writer and Philosopher Best Known for Her Article ‘The Laugh of the Medusa’)
Hélène Cixous
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Birthdate: June 5, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oran, Algeria

Hélène Cixous is a professor, poet, playwright, rhetorician, literary critic, philosopher, and French feminist writer. She is best known for writing an article titled The Laugh of the Medusa, which earned her popularity and established her as a thinker in post-structural feminism.

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Delphine Seyrig
(Actress and Film-Director Known for Her Role 'Colette de Montpellier' in Film ‘The Day of the Jackal’)
Delphine Seyrig
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Birthdate: April 10, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
Died: October 15, 1990

Lebanese-born-French actress and film-director Delphine Seyrig played diverse roles in films and stage works. She garnered international recognition performing in the film Last Year at Marienbad and bolstered her career with other films like The Day of the Jackal and Muriel ou Le temps d'un retour. A prominent feminist-figure in France, Seyrig also directed films like Sois belle et tais-toi.   

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Luce Irigaray
(Philosopher, linguist, Feminist)
Luce Irigaray
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Birthdate: May 3, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bernissart, Belgium
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Louise Michel
(French Anarchist Who Fervently Preached Revolutionary Socialist Themes)
Louise Michel
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Birthdate: May 29, 1830
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vroncourt-la-Côte, France
Died: January 9, 1905

A significant figure of the Paris Commune, Louise Michel was born as an illegitimate child of a maid. She had initially been trained to be a teacher but later began developing an interest in revolutionary socialist ideas. She was also once sent behind bars for inciting riots.

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Julia Kristeva
(Bulgarian-French Author and Academic Whose Themes Surrounded on Feminism, Semiotics, and Psychoanalysis)
Julia Kristeva
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Birthdate: June 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sliven, Bulgaria

Bulgarian-born French author and literary critic Julia Kristeva is also a professor at the University Paris Diderot. Her writings, such as the Female Genius trilogy, are centered around feminism, semiotics, and psychoanalysis. She has also pioneered semanalysis and has been recognized with honors such as Commander of the Legion of Honor.

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Monique Wittig
(Novelist)
Monique Wittig
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Birthdate: July 13, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dannemarie, France
Died: January 3, 2003
Margaret of Valois-Angouleme
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Birthdate: April 11, 1492
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Angoulême, France
Died: December 21, 1549

Margaret of Valois-Angouleme, the wife of Henry II of Navarre, was a significant figure of the French Renaissance, and is also regarded as The First Modern Woman. She patronized artists and was herself an author, with several short stories and a religious poem to her credit.

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Inessa Armand
(Politician)
Inessa Armand
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Birthdate: May 8, 1874
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 24, 1920
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Flora Tristan
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Birthdate: April 7, 1803
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France
Died: November 14, 1844
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Gisèle Halimi
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Birthdate: July 27, 1927
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: La Goulette, Tunisia
Died: July 28, 2020
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Judy Minx
(Adult film star)
Judy Minx
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Birthdate: January 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Pauline Harmange
(Feminist writer and a self-declared misandrist)
Pauline Harmange
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Birthdate: December 6, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: France
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Zineb El Rhazoui
(Journalist)
Zineb El Rhazoui
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Birthdate: January 19, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Casablanca, Morocco

Zineb El Rhazoui is a French journalist best known for her contribution as a columnist for the popular magazine Charlie Hebdo where she worked from 2011 to 2017. Rhazoui was in Morocco on 7 January 2015 when the Charlie Hebdo massacre took place. Since 2015, Rhazoui has been working as a human rights campaigner, speaking about free speech and Islam.

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Marie Souvestre
(Educator)
Marie Souvestre
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Birthdate: May 28, 1830
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brest, France
Died: March 30, 1905
Theroigne de Mericourt
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Birthdate: August 13, 1762
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Marcourt, Rendeux, Belgium
Died: June 9, 1817
Marie-Claude Vaillant-Couturier
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Birthdate: November 3, 1912
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 11, 1996
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Germaine Dulac
(Filmmaker, Critic, Film Theorist, and Journalist)
Germaine Dulac
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Birthdate: November 17, 1882
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Amiens, Somme, Picardy, France
Died: July 20, 1942

Germaine Dulac was a French filmmaker, critic, film theorist, and journalist. She is remembered for her 1923 impressionist silent film La Souriante Madame Beudet and her 1928 experimental film The Seashell and the Clergyman. Germaine Dulac's contributions to the French film industry were recognized in 1929, when she was presented the Legion of Honor.

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Suzanne Césaire
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Birthdate: August 11, 1915
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Les Trois-Îlets, Martinique
Died: May 16, 1966
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Barthélemy-Prosper Enfantin
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Birthdate: February 8, 1796
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 1, 1864