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Certainly a remarkable lady, Simone de Beauvoir was a ground breaking thought leader and a feminist icon.

“Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.”

– Simone de Beauvoir

French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher and political activist.

Simone de Beauvoir published countless works of fiction and nonfiction during her long career, however her main concerns were existentialist themes.

In 1949’s she published her book ‘The Second Sex’ that is considered the pioneering work of the modern feminism movement.

Certainly a highly intellectual lady, writer and philosopher, Simone de Beauvoir decided to engage in political and ethical themes. Needless to say, her actions led to a lasting change within societies.

Above all, de Beauvoir’s profound political and ethical convictions and activities reached far beyond the Second World War era. She expressed great concern for the situation in Algeria in the 1950s and 1960s.

Albert Camus accused her once of “making the French male look ridiculous”.

Simone’s main concern in life was the liberation of women. Most importantly, she was able to influence the modern feminist movement.

Subsequently the French women thanked her for her relentless efforts to forge change within their society.

De Beauvoir, a shining light for the women’s liberation movement at that time highlighted the concept of feminism and the rights of women.

Moreover she was intending to inspire generations of women who were seeking independence while she was drawing inspiration from her unconventional love relationship with Jean-Paul Sartre.

Jean-Paul Sartre a famous philosopher and playwright in his own right had an open love relationship with Simone for 50 years.

Simone de Beauvoir died in Paris in 1986 and was buried with Sartre side-by-side at the Cimetiere du Montparnasse in Paris France.

Simone de Beauvoir – Paris France (9 January 1908 – 14 April 1986)

Goodreads

The Second Sex

(Le deuxième sexe #1-2)

by Simone de BeauvoirH.M. Parshley (Translator & Editor), Deirdre Bair (Introduction) 4.13  ·   Rating details ·  32,995 ratings  ·  1,540 reviews Newly translated and unabridged in English for the first time, Simone de Beauvoir’s masterwork is a powerful analysis of the Western notion of “woman,” and a ground breaking exploration of inequality and otherness.  This long-awaited new edition reinstates significant portions of the original French text that were cut in the first English translation. Vital and ground breaking, Beauvoir’s pioneering and impressive text remains as pertinent today as it was back then, and will continue to provoke and inspire generations of men and women to come. (less)

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