Celebrate International Women's History Month With an Early Feminist

By: Le Vin Press
BELLEVUE, Wash. - March 6, 2023 - PRLog -- During the 18th century French women—unless widowed—were forbidden to:

* Work outside the home in most professions.
* Own businesses.
* Inherit or own land.
* Sign contracts other than those of marriage.
* Attend universities—even widows could not attend.
* Vote, regardless of marital status. (French women won the right to vote 4/21/1944 prior to the liberation of France 8/25/1944.)
* Wear breeches: Dressing like a man was a crime punishable by having your head shaved and being sentenced to nine months in an asylum.

What was an 18th century French woman to do if she wanted control of her own life?
* Not remarry if widowed.
* Learn to impersonate a man.
* Learn to shoot to kill and will herself to do so.
* Travel the tunnels beneath Paris while dressed as a man.
* Develop business partnerships with other women conducting commerce—illegally.
* Procure false identity papers for the man you are impersonating, a traitorous crime punishable by guillotine.

Learn about how one woman saved her family's vineyard and legacy of producing the finest wines in France in Her Own Legacy.

This accomplished historical novel finds a young woman making her own choices as revolution sweeps France. Readers who love stories of determined women seizing opportunities history too often denied them will relish Joliette's story.
Editor's Pick, BookLife

Author and historian Debra Borchert writes about women who often take the wrong actions for the right reasons. Like the daughter of the Public Prosecutor who replaces names of those prisoners scheduled for the guillotine with names of those already dead (Her Own Revolution). She is available for interviews in which she challenges expectations of how women survived the French Revolution with their heads intact.

Contact: Debra Borchert | https://debraborchert.com/

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