French Female Activists

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Marion Cotillard
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Birthdate: September 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Marion Cotillard delivered an Academy Award-winning performance as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, becoming the first to win the award for a French-language film. She was appreciated for her iconic role of Joan of Arc on stage. She has promoted Lady Dior bags and Chanel No. 5 fragrance.

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Brigitte Bardot
(Actress, Activist)

Brigitte Bardot
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Birthdate: September 28, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France

Brigitte Bardot is a French former singer and actress. One of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s, Bardot remains a major pop culture icon despite quitting the entertainment industry in 1973. Bardot is credited with popularizing the bikini. She also popularized the town of Armação dos Búzios and the city of St. Tropez in Brazil.

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Josephine Baker
(Entertainer)

Josephine Baker
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Birthdate: June 3, 1906
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: April 12, 1975
Nicknamed Black Pearl and Creole Goddess, Josephine Baker was the first Black woman to appear in a motion picture. She was a revue dancer, famous for her signature banana costume. A civil rights activist, she helped the French military during World War II. She adopted 12 children of different ethnicities.

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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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Olympe de Gouges
(Playwright)

Olympe de Gouges
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Birthdate: May 7, 1748
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montauban, France
Died: November 3, 1793

Olympe de Gouges was an 18th-century French playwright and political activist. Her writings on women's rights and abolitionism were popular in various countries. She was an outspoken advocate against the slave trade in the French colonies. She demanded that French women be given the same rights as French men. She was executed during the Reign of Terror.

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Elif Shafak
(Writer)

Elif Shafak
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Birthdate: October 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France

Known widely as Turkey’s most popular female author, Elif Shafak is best known for her Booker-shortlisted bestseller 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World. A fierce advocate for gender equality and LGBTQ rights, she is also a 3-time TEDGlobal speaker. She now lives in London, on a self-imposed exile.

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Marina Picasso
(Humanitarian)

Marina Picasso
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Birthdate: November 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: France

Marina Picasso is a French humanitarian best known as the granddaughter of popular Spanish painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso. After inheriting a fifth of Pablo Picasso's estate, Marina Picasso used much of the inheritance to support humanitarian programs for children in need. Marina Picasso is credited with establishing a charitable organization called The Marina Picasso Foundation.

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Héloïse
(French nun)

Héloïse
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Birthdate: 1101 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 16, 1164
French nun Héloïse was also a philosopher, writer, and abbess and was a renowned "woman of letters". She was noted as a  philosopher of love and friendship. In 1147, she was granted the rank of prelate nullius, approximately the level of a bishop. Her surviving letters are considered a foundation of French and European literature and inspiration for courtly love.

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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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Savitri Devi
(Writer, Poet)

Savitri Devi
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Birthdate: September 30, 1905
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: October 22, 1982

Born in Lyon, Frenchwoman Maximiani Julia Portas later changed her name to Savitri Devi and adopted Nazism. The ardent cat lover earned a PhD in philosophy and later acquired Greek nationality and served as an Axis spy. She claimed Adolf Hitler was an avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu.

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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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Julia Kristeva
(Philosopher)

Julia Kristeva
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Birthdate: June 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sliven, Bulgaria

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Delphine Seyrig
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Birthdate: April 10, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
Died: October 15, 1990

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Marlene Schiappa
(Politician)

Marlene Schiappa
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Birthdate: November 18, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France

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Alexandra Cousteau
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Birthdate: March 21, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, United States

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Madame Roland
(Revolutionary)

Madame Roland
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Birthdate: March 17, 1754
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 8, 1793

The wife of Jean-Marie Roland, Madame Roland was a leading French revolutionary and often hosted significant political meets at her salon. She often directed her husband’s political actions and was responsible for creating a rift between the Jacobin and Girondin factions. She was later arrested and guillotined.

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Beate Klarsfeld
(Activist)

Beate Klarsfeld
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Birthdate: February 13, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Berlin, Nazi Germany

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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Monique Wittig
(Novelist)

Monique Wittig
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Birthdate: July 13, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dannemarie, France
Died: January 3, 2003

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Danielle Mitterrand
(François Mitterrand's wife)

Danielle Mitterrand
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Birthdate: October 29, 1924
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Verdun, Meuse, France
Died: November 22, 2011

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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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Ouida
(Novelist)

Ouida
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Birthdate: January 1, 1839
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bury Saint Edmunds, England
Died: January 25, 1908

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Celine Cousteau
(Director)

Celine Cousteau
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Birthdate: June 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, United States

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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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Flora Tristan
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Birthdate: April 7, 1803
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France
Died: November 14, 1844

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Line Renaud
(Singer)

Line Renaud
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Birthdate: July 2, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nieppe, France

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Frederique Bel
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Birthdate: March 24, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Annecy, France

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Rama Yade
(Politician)

Rama Yade
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Birthdate: December 13, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ouakam, Dakar, Senegal

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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.

Theroigne de Mericourt
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Birthdate: August 13, 1762
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Marcourt, Rendeux, Belgium
Died: June 9, 1817

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Priscillia Ludosky
(One of the founders of the yellow vest movement)

Priscillia Ludosky
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Birthdate: November 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Unknown

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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

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Annie Belle
(Actress)

Annie Belle
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Birthdate: December 10, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

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Vernon Lee
(Writer)

Vernon Lee
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Birthdate: October 14, 1856
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
Died: February 13, 1935

British author Violet Page wrote under the pseudonym Vernon Lee and dressed without inhibitions. Rumors claimed she was a lesbian, though she never stated so. The poet and critic is best remembered for her work on aesthetics, Belcaro. She was also a skilled harpsichord player and a true-blue feminist.

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Jacline Mouraud
(Politician)

Jacline Mouraud
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Birthdate: April 24, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Guérande, France

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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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Assa Traore
(Activist)

Assa Traore
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Birthdate: July 27, 1927, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France

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Germaine Dulac
(Director)

Germaine Dulac
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Birthdate: November 17, 1882
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Amiens, Somme, Picardy, France
Died: July 20, 1942

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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Rokhaya Diallo
(Journalist)

Rokhaya Diallo
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Birthdate: April 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France

Rokhaya Diallo is a French journalist, filmmaker, and author. Best known as an activist, Diallo works towards achieving gender, racial, and religious equality. Diallo is widely regarded as one of the most important anti-racism activists in France. In 2013, Rokhaya Diallo was named in the 100 most influential French women list published by Slate.

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Françoise Dior
(Activist, Criminal)

Françoise Dior
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Birthdate: April 7, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 20, 1993

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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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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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Celine Bara
(Actress)

Celine Bara
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Birthdate: September 9, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Antony, France

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Nadia El Fani
(Film Director, Screenwriter)

Nadia El Fani
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Birthdate: January 1, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France

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Sister Emmanuelle
(Human Rights Worker)

Sister Emmanuelle
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Birthdate: November 16, 1908
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: October 20, 2008

Sister Emmanuelle was a human rights worker and Catholic Religious Sister. She is best remembered for her work that aimed at helping the poor in Egypt and Turkey. Emmanuelle, who was born to a French father and a Belgian mother, was granted Egyptian citizenship in 1991 for her work in Egypt. She was also renowned for her unorthodox religious views.