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Jenny Hirsch

Jenny Hirsch devoted years to a society for women’s employment, but when the organization ironically refused to pay her, she reinvented herself as a mystery writer. The daughter of a peddler, Hirsch left school at fifteen to help her father, but retained her love of reading despite her family’s criticism of her intellectual pursuits. After her father’s death in 1856 she tried founding an interreligious school, and from 1860–1864 edited the literary section of the fashion journal Bazar. After attending the first women’s congress in Leipzig in 1865, she joined the Society for the Promotion of the Gainful Employment of the Female Sex. When various German organizations for women’s work joined forces in 1869 as the Lette Society, Hirsch became the new organization’s unpaid secretary and only female board member. In that role she translated John Stuart Mill’s The Subjugation of Women and composed the society’s petition for women to be admitted to Germany’s rail, postal, and telegraph professions. From 1870–1881 she also served as editor for the monthly journal Frauenanwalt (Women’s Advocate). But when the journal went bankrupt and the Lette Society proved unwilling to pay for her work as secretary, Hirsch quit in 1883 and became a writer of novels and crime fiction under the pseudonym Fritz Arnefeldt.

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Ma, I appreciate God Almighty for the selfless Services/advocacies which voiceless Women, globally have gained through your Wealth of Wisdom and exposition.
Permit me to request that you remember those of us ( Female Law Students ) in Developing Countries. You are our Role-Model Ma. We need your News Letters, Magazines, Journals and Scholarship Links, that will enable us study and stand firmly as Female Liberation Advocates,like you. Thanks.
Cynthia Amarachi
Faculty of Law,
University of Lagos
Nigeria.
Tel : 234 70 350 047 43

Jenny Hirsch
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Jenny Hirsch.
Date of Birth
November 25, 1829
Place of Birth
Zerbst
Date of Death
March 9, 1902

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