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Nísia Floresta

Nísia Floresta Brasileira Augusta, pseudony of Dionísia Gonçalves Pinto, (Papari, October 12, 1810 — Ruão, France, April 24, 1885) was a Brazilian educator, writer, poet and feminist.

She is considered the "first Brazilian feminist" and possibly the first to break through public-private boundaries by publishing her works in newspapers, when the local press was just beginning. She also coordinated a girls' school in Rio de Janeiro and wrote a book in defense of the rights of women, Native Americans and slaves.

Her first book and the first in Brazil to deal with women's rights to education and work, Women's rights and men's injustice and was inspired by Mary Wollstonecraft´s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. It was not limited to a translation, but also extended to a large insight of the Brazilian reality. It can be considered the first feminist text of Brazil and South America, since there are no records of a previous text concerning this matter. She continued her work writing three other books:

  • Conselhos a minha filha (1842)
  • Opúsculo humanitário (1853)
  • A Mulher (1859).

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