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A Feminist Daily Newspaper in France?
In March of 1848, Euginie Niboyet (a self educated dressmaker)
put together La Voix des Femmes, the first feminist daily
newspaper in France. Male collaboration was welcome and among
the contributors was a little know republican named Victor Hugo.
Libre" Author unknown. The title, not
only the title of the picture but also the one of the original
titles Jeanne Deroin (et al) sifted through before publishing
"Tribune des Femmes"
In the third issue of La Voix des Femmes on March 23,
1848 the editors printed the following statements under the heading
"Ce Qui Est" (translated to "That Which Exists").
These statements had originally been published in the early 1840's
by an English antislavery activist Anne Knight (1786-1862). Knight
was a dedicated activist, often lecturing in France against slavery.
She tried to "spread the cause" of women's rights using
global examples of women in power.
Ce Qui Est
Young women of the Gauls
had the right to make the laws, they were legislators.
In some tribes, African
Women have the right to vote.
participated in England in the legislature.
The women of the Hurons,
one of the strongest tribes
in North America, made up a council, the elders followed
their advice. . . .
WE STRUGGLE FOR LIBERTY!
The Political Development of the Second Republic:
As Seen Through the Eyes of Female Activists
February 1848 - June 1848 : The most optomistic
phase, granting the freedom of public expression.
|During this time mainly student groups lead disturbances.
Immediately following the February revolution of 1848 political
clubs sprang into action and radical newspapers were permitted
to appear. This was supported by the left hand political side
in their hopes foe a new era of social justice. Jeanne Deroin
founded Club de l'Emancipation des Femmes (the Club for
the Emancipation of Women) with fellow activists Desiree Gay,
Adele Esquiros, and Eugenie Niboyet. The first formal meeting
of La Societe de la Voix took place on May 11, 1848.
June 1848 - December 1848 : A shift in Power
to conservative republicans (reduction of political freedom).
December 1848 - December 1851: Louis Napoleon
prepared his Coup d'Etat
|L'Opinion des Femmes, a monthly publication was edited
by the one and only Jeanne Deroin from January 28, 1848 until
August 10, 1849. In April of 1849, Jeanne Deroin stood as the
first women candidate in the legislative elections. Although
her candidacy was declared unconstitutional and laughed at by
many of male counterparts.
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