bohemian woman could be a Grisette
or Mistress; Muse; Model; Wife; Mother; Salon
Hostess; Independent Woman; Worker; 'Free Spirit'; Lesbian;
Wilson, Glamorous Outcasts.
some bourgeoisie women left the upper classes for the freedom
that bohemia offered. However, women in bohemia faced many
new situations, including
who had rejected the rigid structure of traditional family
life found new roles in the world of bohemia. Some of these
roles were present in bourgeoisie society, but many women
were attracted to the freedom that lay within bohemia. It
took courage to leave a family and an established place in
society, but women were accepted in bohemia despite their
spending her youth in a convent in rural France Amandine Aurore
Lucie Dupin, baronne Dudevant, otherwise known as George Sand,
(pictured at left) moved to Paris, ended her eight-year marriage
of convenience, and became famous as a bohemian novelist.
Sand, also famous for wearing men's clothes, flaunted her
affairs with prominent Frenchmen. Although her earlier novels
were romantic, her later works argued that women should have
the same social freedoms as men.
the Social Ladder
new life in bohemia was usually at a lower standard for many bourgeoisie
women, but for working-class and middle-class women it offered a
chance to more easily climb the social ladder. A working-class woman
could easily move up in society by surrounding themselves with artists,
and writers. Middle-class women had a harder time leaving their
old lives for a bohemian one, because they were more hampered by
ideas of respectability and feared the loss of social standing.