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What lessons have you have learned from studying the life of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire? (more…)

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Please share your thoughts on this topic at the comments section. Hearing what you think is a lot of the reason I created this blog.

What are the life lessons that you have learned (as a woman, as a person, as a feminist) which might have helped Georgiana the Duchess of Devonshire to have a happier life, and reached more of her potential? (more…)

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Websites about Georgiana and her time:

The Duchess of Devonshire’s Gossip Guide to the 18th Century
This site has interesting content about Georgiana, Marie Antoinette (her friend) and other 18th century women. The website is very visually appealing. It offers books and products for sale intertwined in its content. Put up by Heather Carroll.

Places to find images of Georgiana and her surroundings:

Olga’s Gallery
A site with a wonderful collections of  art, organized by artist, country, period/movement, etc.

Georgiana entry at Wikimedia Commons
At Wikipedia, some of the images of Georgiana are public domain (no copyright)

Chatsworth
Chatsworth estate (the Derbyshire home of the Dukes of Devonshire). Chatsworth was used for the movie The Duchess, and also for the 2005 movie “Pride and Prejudice.” The history page of the Chatsworth website lists all the Dukes and Duchesses from the 1st Duke who started building Chatsworth in 1552, through the family of the 11th Duke (married to the Hon. Deborah Mitford, daughter of Lord Redesdale, who published many books about Chatsworth), up to the present Duke, the 12th Duke of Devonshire, Peregrine Cavendish who succeeded his father in May 2004.

Websites about Women’s History in general: (more…)

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This is a modified version of an old essay of mine called:

Living the Skit: I am Tina Fey as Sarah Palin

I am a woman activist who has run for office inside my party to try (unsuccessfully) to win the nomination for Lieutenant Governor, and in the regular election as a write-in for various offices, and on the ballot for Suffolk County Legislator.

I know that I am not as funny as Tina Fey. And, I hope that I am not much like Sarah Palin, since: I believe in women’s reproductive rights; my energy plan does not include nuclear power or drilling in the ANWAR; and I believe in non-violence so much I am against the War in Iraq and the War in Afghanistan. So, I cannot claim too much similarity to either woman.

Though, when Tina Fey puts on her Sarah Palin persona, somehow, there I am in the middle of things.

I think that one reason for the resonance I feel is that Tina Fey’s skits, and the way she portrays Sarah Palin, are a way to explore what it means to be a woman politician. Tina Fey is “Everywoman The Politican.” Her comedy is based on the struggle of figuring out how does a woman hold herself when she is trying to carry an air of leadership and authority, while at the same time, trying to win over voters? Especially when some of those voters hold the patriarchal expectation that a woman should be feminine, and might even hold the expectation that a woman should not be the leader. (more…)

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Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire is an ancestor of the new royal baby, The Prince of Cambridge.

More info about Georgiana: here
Web page for “The Duke and Duchess of Peace”: here.

Lady Georgiana Spencer is an important figure in political history. She was born in 1757 and died in 1806. She married, at the age of 17, and became Georgiana, The Duchess of Devonshire. She had an influential role in many key, political events, and in the shaping of the early Whig Party. Georgiana saw the French Revolution through the eyes of an English aristocrat, and as a friend of Marie Antoinette.

Amanda Foreman wrote “Georgiana the Duchess of Devonshire”, Modern Library Press, 2001. And, in 2008, a movie was made based closely on that book, though, with the movie focusing on one aspect and time period from the full biography. Amanda Foreman was a consultant on the movie. Though the movie was critiqued for saying so in some advertising, Georgiana is, in fact, the great-great-great-great aunt of Diana, Princess of Wales. And, the lives and work of these two women have eerie similarities. (more…)

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My first blogpost is a reprint of my “About” page…

The Basics

I have always enjoyed biographies of women in history. As an elementary school student, I remember doing a report on a biography of Susan B. Anthony, and also being very interested in the life of Helen Keller. In high school, I read a biography about Catherine the Great of Russia, which fascinated me. As reflected in the blog title, my current fascination is Georgiana, The Duchess of Devonshire.

I am creating this site so that women may discuss women in history, and ways that their lives may have been different, if only those historical women had: a little more freedom, the right to own property, or had insight from other women, whose later writings empowered and educated women about ourselves.

Please do post a comment. Or, suggest a book. Or, leave a message about how you think Georgiana’s life could have been different if only she would have known…what?

More thoughts… (more…)

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