Women of note
- Published:23rd March 2017
Today we aren’t going to write about vintage style fashion or statement pieces or some cultural events in London, we want to write about something more important: women.
Over the next couple of weeks, we would like to tell you stories about women we think made a difference to this world; women who were bold enough to go against the flow, to stir things up; women who were passionate about what they did and left something valuable behind. In short: women of note.
Today, we start our series with three of our favourite women of note: Rosa Luxemburg, Virginia Woolf and Leni Riefenstahl.
Rosa Luxemburg- Philosopher
Rosa Luxemburg was a revolutionary one. She was a Marxist theorist, philosopher, economist, anti-war activist, and revolutionary socialist of Polish-Jewish descent who became a naturalized German citizen.
Rosa was not only a supporter of mass action, freedom, and workers’ Democracy but also played a key role in founding the polish socialist Party and the Spartacus League, which grew into the Communist Party of Germany.
Luxemburg once said that without freedom of the press, speech and assembly and without the free battle of opinions, life becomes a caricature of itself, and bureaucracy rises as the only deciding factor. True words, Rosa.
Virginia Woolf- Writer
Virginia Woolf was born in 1882 in London, to wealthy but freethinking and liberal parents. Virginia began writing when she was a young girl and her first book was published in 1915 to high acclaims.
After writing her final novel ‘Between the acts’ poor Virginia fell into a deep depression. She wrote to her husband ‘I feel we can't go through another of those terrible times.’ Virginia filled her pockets with rocks and drowned herself in the river Ouse near her home in Sussex at age 59.
Virginia Woolf continues to be one of the most celebrated and influential modernist writers of the twentieth century.
Leni Riefenstahl- Filmmaker
Leni Riefenstahl was a special one. Born in Berlin in 1902, she studied painting and started her artistic career as a dancer; in the 1930s Leni became not only famous as an actress and a film producer but most notably as a film director for her revolutionary documentaries.
After WWII she was not only celebrated as a cinematic genius but also pronounced a Nazi sympathizer by the Allies; she never again found work as a movie director. However, her film making techniques should influence moviemakers from around the globe for generations to come.
Leni died in 2003 at the age of 101.
We hope we could somehow awaken your interest in these women. It’s so inspirational digging further into their life stories.
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