Celebrating Women’s History Month: Simone de Beauvoir

15 Mar

This has always been a man’s world, and none of the reasons that have been offered in explanation have seemed adequate.

Photo: Cultural and Critical Theory Library

Simone de Beauvoir’s works have fascinated me for years. Although I’m not a philosopher, I am interested in sociology and the way certain people have stood out during their time in history – and Beauvoir certainly did that. Beauvoir was an existentialist in the 1900s and wrote prolifically on philosophy, politics, and social issues. One of her most well-known works, The Second Sex, published in 1949, detailed women’s oppression and remains a foundational work of contemporary feminism. According to Trinity College, the treatise was “the definitive declaration of women’s independence.” She is certainly a woman to celebrate.

Read more about Simone de Beauvoir: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/beauvoir/

One is not born a woman, one becomes one.




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