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Anna Maria van Schurman, living in seventeenth-century Utrecht, became not only a living proof of women's talents and capacity for education, as equal to those of men, but also a public advocate for opportunities for women to develop their God-given capacity. Later, as a leader of the religious sect of the Labadists, she renounced worldly learning and wrote only devotional works. Throughout her life she wrote letters in which she records the life of her mind and the development of her opinions.
5 November 1607 AMS, scholar, religious leader, and proto-feminist, was born in Cologne. Bibliographic Citation link.
1638 AMS composed a treatise on education for women, Amica dissertatio . . . de capacitate ingenii muliebris ad scientias, which reached print about three years later. Bibliographic Citation link.
1641 Johan van Beverwyck edited AMS's treatise Dissertatio, de ingenii muliebris ad doctrinam and published it at Paris Bibliographic Citation link.
June 1659 Clement Barksdale's English translation of AMS's De ingenii muliebris, 1641, was published in London as The Learned Maid; or, Whether a Maid may be a Scholar? Bibliographic Citation link.
5 May 1678 AMS, scholar, religious leader, and proto-feminist, died at the Labadist community near the village of Wieuwerd in Holland. Bibliographic Citation link.
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