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Christine de Pisan
1363-1431
Italian Educator




Christine de Pisan was an Italian writer whose early history of women promoted education for girls and predicted that they would do better than boys arguing 'for just as women's bodies are softer than men's, so their understanding is sharper'.

A courageous stance at a time when it was still debated wether women were simply inferior to men or wether they belonged to an entirely different race.

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Sarah Bernhardt
1844-1923
French Actress




Born in Paris she made her debut at the Comedie Francaise in 1862 winning quickly recognition as the greatest actress of her time, not only in France but also overseas.

She made her first appearance in New York in 1880. The crystal clarity and her exquisite diction gave her the reputation of setting the standard for the finest French speech. At the turn of the century she opened the Sarah Bernhardt Theater in Paris, which she managed until here death.

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Clara Schumann
1819-96
German Pianist




A brilliant pianist she gave her first concert when only eleven and the following year four of her Polonaises were published.

After her marriage in 1840 to Robert Schumann she made concert tours with him. She is best remembered for her interpretation of the works of Chopin and of her piano pieces of her husband.

Her compositions include a Trio in G minor, a set of three Preludes and fugues.

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