On September 2011, Claudine Monteil, already the author of seven books, published a new essay, Simone de Beauvoir and women today (Editions Odile Jacob, Paris 2011)
A writer and women’s rights specialist, Claudine Monteil built a long friendship with Simone de Beauvoir, her sister the artist-painter Hélène de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre.
he holds a PhD on the works of Simone de
Beauvoir, and has written several books -’Les Amants de La Liberté’, ‘Sartre et Beauvoir dans le siècle’ and ‘Les Soeurs Beauvoir’- which have been translated into several languages
‘Les Soeurs Beauvoir’ has been published in the United States under the title ‘The Beauvoir Sisters”.
Nowadays, Dr. Monteil gives lectures on these topics in France and in the United States, as well as in other countries.
On September 2011, Claudine Monteil, already the author of seven books, published a new essay, Simone de Beauvoir and women today (Editions Odile Jacob, Paris 2011), in which women from different backgrounds and countries-farmers, doctors, lawyers for women rights, diplomats, cooks, journalists, delicatessen owners, mothers who built their own business at home, artists, painters, academics, testify on their condition and on the future of their lives. Some men also bring their support to women’s causes and tell Dr Monteil about how they want their wives, mothers, daughters, to be respected and treated with equity.
Copyright Claudine Monteil
These women who testify also recall how Simone de Beauvoir’s body of work still inspire them, give them a feeling of empowerment, hope and strength, sixty years after the publication of The Second Sex. Thanks to her experience of travelling around the world and having been an activist in women’s issues for more than forty years, Dr Monteil offers new avenues of research and actions to follow up in this XXIrst century.
In the picture, Claudine Monteil at her home in front of the painting representing Simone de Beauvoir with a yellow shirt and a carnet done by her sister, 1936.
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