Christine de Pisan
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.
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.
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.