Cécile Brunschvicg

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Cécile Brunschvicg
Cécile Brunschvicg in 1920.
Undersecretary of State for national education of France
In office
5 June 1936 – 21 June 1937
President Albert Lebrun
Prime Minister Léon Blum
Preceded by Henri Guernut
Succeeded by Léo Lagrange
Personal details
Born Cécile Kahn
(1877-07-19)July 19, 1877
Enghien-les-Bains, France
Died October 5, 1946(1946-10-05) (aged 69)
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Nationality French
Political party PRS
Spouse(s) Léon Brunschvicg

Cécile Brunschvicg ([sesil bʁœ̃svik]), born Cécile Kahn (19 July 1877, Enghien-les-Bains – 5 October 1946, Neuilly-sur-Seine), was a French feminist politician. From the 1920s until her death she was regarded as "the grande dame of the feminist movement" in France.[1]

She was born into a Jewish middle-class, republican family. Her familial environment was not inclined to let women study, especially not when they were over 17. Already a "liberated" woman (for the time), it was her meeting, and subsequent marriage to, Léon Brunschvicg, a feminist philosopher and member of the Ligue des droits de l'homme, that spurred her to feminist activism; she became vice-president of the League of Electors for women's suffrage.

She was named Undersecretary of State for national education in the first Léon Blum government.


  1. ^ Newhall, David S. (1999). "Brunschvicg, Cécile". Women in World History, Vol. 3: Brem-Cold. Waterford, CT: Yorkin Publications. pp. 145–147. ISBN 0-7876-4062-X.