If you’re a scholar of the history of feminism around the world, then you’ve heard of Simone de Beauvoir. The accomplished French writer, intellectual, political activist, feminist and social theorist had a significant influence on both feminist existentialism and feminist theory.
Beauvoir’s writings taught that women are as capable of choice as men, and thus can choose to elevate themselves.
Born into a middle class family in 1908, de Beauvoir’s father described her as having “the brain of a man.” De Beauvoir made the choice to remain Single and not have children to pursue an advanced degree, travel and teach. This was a bold move for a woman living in the early 1900’s. She believed that marriage was an “obscene Bourgeois institution”.
She met her long-time lover and writing partner, Jean-Paul Sartre at the University of Paris. The two were sexually adventurous and had passionate affairs with other men, women or both. De Beauvoir famously said, “To catch a husband is an art; to hold him is a job.”
De Beauvoir taught freedom for women in all aspects of their lives and lived her own life to the fullest, fabulously!