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Anna Maria Schurman
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Educator
    (November 5, 1607-May 14, 1678)
    Born in Cologne, Belgium
    Dutch artist, poet and scholar
    Attended Utrecht University in 1636, becoming the first female university student in history and the first woman to earn a law degree
    Spoke fourteen languages
    Wrote, Opscula Hebraea Gracea Latina et Gallica in defense of women's education
    Wrote poetry in; German, Dutch, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew
    Wrote an autobiography titled, Eukleria
    Once wrote, 'Whatever fills the human mind with uncommon and honest delight is fitting for a woman'
    Known as the Star of Utrecht
    A lifelong Catholic, she joined a bizarre cult late in life.
    She was a lawyer.
    She didn't do humility.
    In her, Dissertato De Muliebuis ad Doctrinam, & Meliores Litteras Aptitudine she promoted women's education but argued against it being used in any type of professional capacity or interfering with their domestic duties.
    Her mastery of learning foreign languages has rarely been equaled in human history.
    Many learned people, including Queen Christina of Sweden visited her just to talk to her.
    She was the first great argument in history in favor of women's education.
    She was as famous as an artist as she was for her learning; being known for her engraving, sculpture, and carvings in wood and ivory.
    A well-known portrait artist, she was the first Dutch artist to use pastel in a portrait.
    When she attended the university, she was hidden behind a curtain.
    She learned to read when she was four!
    There is an excellent website dedicated to her.
    She was kind of hot.

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