Louise Saumoneau

1875 – 1950 • France

Feminism, Socialism, Trade unionism

A working class seamstress, Louise Saumoneau moved from being a militant feminist to becoming a leading socialist.

She founded a trade union for seamstresses and led a strike in 1901. This convinced her of the need to involve male workers and she became a supporter of Klara Zetkin’s position calling for women to become socialists. Arrested for her opposition to World War 1, she joined the SFIO and edited La Femme Socialiste.

Louise Saumoneau moved from being a militant feminist to becoming a leading socialist

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