Eugenie Potonie-Pierre


Eugénie Potonié-Pierre born L'Orient, Brittany, France November 5, 1844 (d. 1898). French feminist; radical pacifist; socialist. Journalist and editor. Founded International Union of Women for Peace, 1895; Coined the term “feminism”, 1896. Connected war to social misery and oppression of women.


[T]he war system necessarily leads to an inferior position for women.” (statement of International Union, 1895, in Sandi Cooper, Peace & Change, 2011; portrait C. Moses, French Feminism, p. 225)