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By Madame de Maintenon

Born Françoise d'Aubigné, a criminal's daughter decreased to road begging as a baby, Madame de Maintenon (1653-1719) made an incredible upward thrust from impoverished beginnings to the summit of energy because the moment, mystery spouse of Louis XIV. an academic reformer, Maintenon based and directed the prestigious academy for aristocratic ladies at Saint-Cyr. This quantity offers the dialogues and addresses during which Maintenon explains her arguable philosophy of schooling for women.

Denounced through her contemporaries as a political schemer and spiritual enthusiast, Maintenon has lengthy been criticized as an opponent of gender equality. The writings during this quantity faithfully mirror Maintenon's admire for social hierarchy and her stoic demand ladies to just accept the tasks in their country in lifestyles. however the writings additionally echo Maintenon's extra feminist matters: the necessity to redefine the virtues within the mild of women's event, the significance of naming the restrictions on women's freedom, and the pressing have to therapy the scandalous overlook of the schooling of women.

In her writings in addition to in her personal version university at Saint-Cyr, Maintenon embodies the call for for academic reform because the key to the empowerment of girls on the sunrise of modernity.

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