Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand Beauvoir was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist and social theorist. Though she did not consider herself a philosopher, she had a significant influence on both feminist existentialism and feminist theory.
As a work of post-WWII, The Second Sex, a detailed analysis of women’s oppression, stirred up controversy as women in France and America, who had not long before earned their right to vote, were being displaced from the jobs that were vacated by men fighting in the war as they returned home to reclaim those jobs. The work continues to impact politics and philosophy even today.
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