“If I were king, I would reform an abuse which effectively cuts back half of humanity. I would have women participate in all human rights, and above all, those of the mind.”
History Crushes are important because they are so damn inspirational. People who defied convention and found their ultra in far less fluid times lend us strength today.
Emilie Du Chatelet became widely known as the lover of Voltaire, the muck-raking multiple Scorpio polemicist, but her true strength was a a genius mathematician and advocate for women’s rights …in an era when there really was no such thing.
Told she could not study Mathematics (too unfeminine) this Sagittarius with a S-Load of Taurus (Moon, North Node, Mars and Saturn) studied it anyway. Then she became a physicist, philosopher and author, playing a vital role in the development of 18th Century science and culture.
She had kids, she lobbied hard for girls secondary school education, she wrote a critical analysis of the entire bible, published a book on “happiness for women” and devised “an ingenious financing arrangement” to pay off her gambling debts. She basically invented financial derivatives.
Horribly, this super-gifted and audacious woman died in childbirth at her Uranus Opposition, in her early 40s.
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