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Was Christine de Pizan a feminist? Considering the word ‘feminist’ evolved more than four hundred years after her lifetime, it is somewhat difficult to measure. However, her outlook on women’s issues is very similar to a mode of feminism that existed at the outset of the movement in the 1890’s. Relational feminists believed that there were “physiological and cultural distinctions between the sexes, and adhered to the concepts of womanly or manly ‘nature,’ and to a sharply defined sexual division of labor in the family and throughout society” (Offen 338). Similarly, Christine did not seek political, economic nor social equality for women, as is demanded by modern feminists, but instead respect for women’s designated roles in her society. She believed that women’s roles were distinct from men’s. Click here to continue ...