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

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

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Annie Besant, writer and campaigner for women’s rights – born on 1 October 1847

Annie Besant, a leading political activist and social justice campaigner in the 19th and 20th centuries, was born in Clapham, London, on 1 October 1847.   To celebrate the day of her birth, here are four newspaper stories from that offer an insight into her character, political and social beliefs.        


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