Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Kallirhoe Parren

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Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

Kallirhoe Parren
b. 1859 or 1861, Crete; d. 1940, location unknown

Born in Crete, Kallirhoe Parren settled in Athens with her husband and launched the feminist movement there with the founding of a newspaper, Ephimeris ton kirion (Women's Journal), in 1887. Through the paper, Parren directed public awareness to the issue of women's rights. She promoted women writers and recovered women's history. She founded the Union of Greek Women in 1896 and the Lyceum of Greek Women in 1911. She successfully lobbied for women's admittance to the University of Athens. Parren wrote A History of Greek Women from 1650 to 1860 (in Greek).

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