15 Days of Feminism: Day 11 (so close!) Hélène de Beauvoir

(Simone’s younger sister)

If you recall, a few days ago, I wrote about a particular feminist – Simone de Beauvoir. I might have mentioned that she had a younger sister*, Henriette-Hélène de Beauvoir, or Hélène for short.  Well, you didn’t think that Simone was the only feminist in the family, did you? Of course you didn’t. You are much to smart for that.

Hélène was, in fact, a feminist (because they had even started using the word “feminism” in her lifetime!) – but she was not a writer like her sister. Hélène conveyed her thoughts about feminism, philosophy and women’s issues through her art. Well, that and she was the president of a battered women’s shelter.

Now, I am not a painter, so I can not really describe Hélène’s work in an educated manner, but I can say that some of it really resonates with me as a feminist. You can view a selection of her work on my tumblr, but here are some “exclusives” for ya’ll who read the blog:

(“deux soeurs”)

(This is one of my favorites. I believe it’s called “La femme rompue”)

(And, of course, a portrait of Simone de Beauvoir)

I love using your talents to express your beliefs – no matter what they are.

Enjoy the Art,

Jess

*Oh wait, I just reread that post and I didn’t mention Hélène at all. My bad.

P.S. SLUTWALK IS IN TWO DAYS!!

 

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