French Fishwives and the Fronde

Dear colleagues,

As editor of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender’s Blog, I am delighted to announce the publication of a new post by Dr. Carrie F. Klaus (DePauw University). Entitled “Of Fishwives and Politics, Then and Now,” this piece examines how the voices of the harangeres des Halles (herring-sellers of Les Halles) were appropriated by political actors and French presses during the Fronde. Drawing on seventeenth-century pamphlets and the Twitter-sphere alike, Klaus connects this history to the modern political landscape in France, where terms like “poissonnière” (fishwife) and “folle” (madwoman) are still lobbied against powerful women speakers.

To learn more, visit February 2021 – Of Fishwives and Politics, Then and Now | (


Katherine R. McKenna
Visiting Assistant Professor
Oberlin College
Editor, SSEMWG Blog