By Therese Boos Dykeman (auth.), Therese Boos Dykeman (eds.)
When down from the moon stepped the goddess of the evening, she bid Minerva/Athene come to her. "Minerva/Athene," she stated, "you sprang totally shaped from the top of your father. Now the entire daughters of mankind imagine they, too, are as rootless as you. this night I bid you dance, subscribe to the circle around 1 that tree glistening with the readability of knowledge. mom Natura and girl Philosophia, palms jointly, have already got all started the prom of delusion and allegory. " nonetheless within the apparel of gold and white stone, Minerva/ Athene did as she used to be bid and danced until eventually sunrise. Then in new mild, she came across herself all of sudden a budding flower on a tall department, or even extra quickly a crystalline fruit, rivaling the morning sunlight, refracting the sunshine. Behold, she had grown roots, tricky to find down at midnight of background, deep within the good wisdom of earth. And the daughters of humankind observed and reveled of their roots. this can be the tale of this ebook, a historical past, lengthy and numerous, of ladies thinkers and their concept. it is going to develop into a legacy for all who examine it, a legacy that Heloi"se, Marie de Gournay, Sor Juana Ines de Ia Cruz, and Judith Sargent Murray between many ladies philosophers guaranteed through composing lists of the names of girls little said century after century. whereas the Hannah Arendt's, Susanne K.