Annette Kuhn Foundation    
the seven rooms Room 1: Matriarchal Cultures 40.000 - 3000 BC   Room 2: Women in the encounter of cultures 3000 BC - 1350 BC   Room 3: Women's Pathways towards Modernity 1350 - 1550   Room 4: Women's Movements in Europe 1550 - 1850   Room 5: Gender Democracy in Germany 1850 -1938   Room 6: Women's politics and fascism 1938 - 1958   Room 7: Female visions and concepts of the One World
Room 4
  Seven TimeSpaces, or rooms, are linked in a spiral movement. In this movement past, present, and future circulate. In the spiral of time the genesis, historical impact, and changes of a matriarchal pattern become visible. In each of the TimeSpaces particular historical and symbolical aspects of the pattern emerge. For each TimeSpace, and in each room, this historical occurrence is illustrated through the leifmotif of a woman's quotation, a specially designed pictogram, and a guiding image.  
Room 4: Women's Movements in Europe 1550 - 1850

The fourth TimeSpace, and room, recounts the revolutionary potential of women in modern times.

The snake symbolizes the force of renewal and wisdom, always entwined with the energy of desire and the quest for knowledge. Especially in the revolutionary movements of this time the snake symbolism found new, gender-democratic meaning.

With their march on Versailles women set off the French Revolution. They personify the modern claim to freedom, equality, and sisterly solidarity.

The anonymous, illuminated etching from 1789 shows the march of the women on Versailles and is in the Musée Carnavalet in Paris.

See Kuhn, Annette: Historia. Frauengeschichte in der Spirale der Zeit. [Women's history in the spiral of time] Opladen & Farmington Hills 2010 (= Schriften aus dem Haus der FrauenGeschichte; Bd. 4), S. 163-198 [Publications from the House of Women's History, Vol. 4, pp. 163-198]

See Spirale der Zeit. Frauengeschichte sichtbar machen. Hrsg. v. Annette Kuhn, Marianne Hochgeschurz, Monika Hinterberger. Heft 4: Frauenbewegungen in Europa. [Spiral of time. Making women's history visible. Edited by Annette Kuhn, Marianne Hochgeschurz, Monika Hinterberger. Issue 4: Women's Movements in Europe] Leverkusen und Michigan (USA) 2008

See Weibliche Empörung - Matri Arche, POLITEIA - Historischer Monatskalender 2010, hrsg. v. Marianne Hochgeschurz [Female Outrage - Matri Arche, POLITEIA - Historical Calendar 2010, edited by Marianne Hochgeschurz]

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