Joan D’Arc’s death has inspired great feats of vigor and courage towards all of humanity. People like you, me and the person sitting next to you. You can even see it with the women of Greece, Turkey and China who were inspired to live out her tales and fight for their countries freedom! The valiant Florence Nightingale felt so liberated by St. Joan’s message so as to nurse the wounded soldiers on the battlefield. She influenced powerful names that rose to great political power ; Winston Churchill and General Charles de Gaulle all claim her as an electrifying female role model. Further inspiring the Free French Resistance movement of Nazi Occupation during WWII.
Our friend Joan embraced saintly martyrdom. Her name would appear on women’s lips as a hero and role model. During the women’s suffrage in the 1920’s in the USA, the Maid of Orleans was adored by the reviled suffragette movement. Soon, she became the face of feminism in all parts of the world. Her legacy living on in the name of feminism in even a 21st century context.*
This lowly 15th century village girl became a prodigious military leader and strategists. Her unusual level of skill and status is very significant in her role as a rebellious feminist icon. After all, she had left home without parental permission in order to follow a traditional male role. She may not have understood why, but followed her heart and her God. Joan’s image as a religious figure was not of any great significance to the early feminists. Rather, they saw her as a representation of a non-domestic, “gutsy” female campaigning for universal rights. She used her prolific speaking abilities, to argue her case in front of the indifferent, sexist inquisition guild; despite the illiteracy she suffered. As feminist historian Mary Gordon believed that “she [Joan D’Arc]” inspired “the ‘Votes for Women’” community to maintain their fight if its foundation was righteous and just. Joan further highlighted persistence; that being...
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