Sixteenth Century

Gaspara Stampa
Gaspara Stampa

A poet who wrote in the Petrarchan style with female voice, Gaspara was one of the first women to break this literary ground.

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Veronica Franco
Veronica Franco

Though she was a courtesan with powerful clients, Veronica was also a talented poet and writer who gave voice to the trials and joys that many women experienced.

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Angela del Moro
Angela del Moro

Angela was a famed courtesan who survived rape and public humiliation but later inspired Titian in his famous painting Venus of Urbino. Here she is in Titian's portrait titled La Bella.

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Modesta Pozzo
Modesta Pozzo

Under the pen name Moderata Fonte, Modesta wrote an early proto-feminist work about the worth of women as well as an epic romance with a female heroine.

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Lucrezia Marinella
Lucrezia Marinella

Lucrezia defended women’s rights to education and equality in both her fiction and nonfiction writing.

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Sarra Copia Sulam
Sarra Copia Sulam

A Jewish scholar, Sarra held a literary salon and corresponded with intellectuals, staying strong when harassed by male academics.

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