christine1Christine de Pizan (1364-1430) was an Italian French poet. She served as a court writer for a few dukes and the French royal court during the reign of Charles VI.

Because she was widowed at a young age with three children, she took to writing to support her family. Her writing was innovative and respected. Scholars who have studied her work say that she should be viewed as an early feminist who “efficiently used language to convey that women should play an important role within society.”

She completed 41 works in her 30 year career and is regarded as Europe’s first professional woman writer. Her most famous work being “The Book of the City of Ladies” which tells the story of a symbolic city in which women are appreciated and defended.

You can read her poems here: http://www.poemhunter.com/christine-de-pizan/