Women 's Female Leadership During The Renaissance

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The concept of the salon, originating in Italy during the Renaissance, was introduced to France in the seventeenth century and evolved into a three-hundred-year-old tradition built exclusively on the strength of “feminocentric” rule. One of the most fascinating things about the institution of the salon is that its female leadership flourished during a period of history when women were not permitted to be involved in activities outside the boundaries of domesticity. According to Wolf, this “paradoxical” climate began to emerge during the Renaissance when the Salic law came into effect in fourteenth century. This Law denied women the right to inherit the family name, fortune or property.” She was also denied the right to receive a public education. Women learned the only way to gain “social status” was through marriage, conducting “cultural and social functions of the court in their husband’s name.” Young girls were raised to believe their primary role was to develop the attributes that would secure marrying into the right family. “The ability to sing, dance, play multiple instruments was a mark of distinction.” Music education especially for women was extremely important to those among the upper class. Some scholars believe men “imposed the study of music on women…to prevent them from acquiring the kinds of knowledge, hence power, that men possessed.” The time devoted to the study of music developed exceptionally talented women but they were only allowed to play in

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