Subversive Historian – 12/10/08

{La Fronde writers Durand and Severine}

The First Edition of “La Fronde”

One-hundred and one years ago on this day in people’s history, the first edition of the feminist daily newspaper “La Fronde” or the Sling was published. On December 10th, 1897, French actress and journalist Marguerite Durand founded the innovative publication in Paris. As a daily, La Fronde was not only unique for its time due to its political perspective but also for the fact that it was staffed by women editors, writers, and printers. As such, it was able to be home to politically persecuted writers such as Caroline Remy, also known as Madame Severine who in return covered the trial of Emile Zola for the newspaper. La Fronde continued with its feminist perspectives into the twentieth century becoming a monthly publication before folding in 1905.

Presently, Paris is home to the research center and library named for La Fronde’s founder and is considered to be one of the world’s most important facilities for feminism and women’s history.


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