Lead: Out of 14th century has emerged one of the notable voices articulating an early vision of full participation in the social and political life for women, the proto-feminist Christine de Pizan

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts. 

                Content: Medieval author Christine de Pizan is considered by many to be the first feminist voice. She lived at a time when women had limited legal rights and were considered the property of a father or husband. She was born in Venice, Italy, in 1364. Christine’s father, Tomasso de Pizzano, was a well-respected physician and astrologer. When she was five years old her father accepted a position as court astrologer and secretary to King Charles V of France. Growing up at the French Court, with her father’s approval and encouragement, the studious and bright Christine received an excellent education studying literature, history, religion and classical languages.

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