Mathilde Fibiger was a 20 year old Danish governess when her novel, Clara Raphael, ignited a furor. The novel’s theme of female independence was immensely controversial and it is considered the first Danish feminist work. The book energized the women’s movement and influenced the 1857 decision of the Danish Parliament to grant women majority at the age of 25.
Although Mathilde received a small pension from the Danish Queen Mother, she struggled to support herself as a writer and translator. In 1866, Mathilde trained as a telegraphist, making her not only the first female telegraphist in Denmark but also the first female civil servant in Denmark.
This woman was awesome.
This post is a continuation of my research that didn’t make it into Purefinder.