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The 19th Century Woman, Part 2
Adele Hugo

Literacy was a great liberator for women. And for a woman with the right bent of mind and one who is exposed to literature at an early age, as Adele Hugo had to be, was one who was bound to realize that women were cast in an inferior role in society, and unjustly so. The feminist movement is not peculiar to the 20th century, it first made its appearance when in 1792 a book was written by Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.6

Reference to George Sand (1804-76) needs to be made.7 George Sand was the pen name of Amandine Lucie Aurore Dupin, Baronne Dudevant. She was a French writer famous for her "unfeminine" independence, her habit of wearing men's clothes, and her love affairs with such prominent artistic figures as Musset and Chopin. (We shall come in time to detailing Adele Hugo's odd habits which included the wearing of men's clothes.) Sand wrote in her diary that Women are "mistreated, reproached for their stupidity imposed on them, scorned as ignorant, their wisdom mocked. In love they are treated like courtesans, in conjugal friendship like servants. They are not loved, they are used, they are exploited."8

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