The Founding of ‘La Fronde’: the Feminist Newspaper for Women, Written Entirely by Women – 9 December 1897

Posted on December 5th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

On 9 December 1897, the feminist activist, Marguerite Durand founded ‘La Fronde’ newspaper.

‘La Fronde’ was written entirely by women, and its intended audience was, well, women – oh, and perhaps some enlightened and cultured males, too, we imagine!

Here is a terrific newspaper article from December 1897 that reports on the publishing of ‘La Fronde’.

According to Wiki, a ’fronde’ was a type of sling which the mobs in Paris used to break the windows of supporters of Cardinal Mazarin during the French Civil Wars of the mid-17th Century – so the word does carry some clout and resonance, and is an excellent title for a newspaper.

historical newspaper report on Marguerite Durand

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser – Tuesday 14 December 1897

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