Simone de Beauvoir

Simonede Beauvoir

Simonede Beauvoir was a French author of great achievements who had lots ofinfluence in a lot of fields. As a result, she ended up being amotivator of many people, especially women who, for a long time havebeen put in an inferior position at the expense of their need tosurvive, thus utilize their potential onto maximum use (Appignanesi,67). Mainly, was born in 1908, and by the time ofher death, at the age of 78 years in 1986 Simone had cut herself aniche in the society as a champion of women’s rights and thefurther input that she made in the feminist theory. The theorymajorly touches on the fact that that feminine deserves to be giventheir rights just as men do receive it, so as to provide them thechance to compete fairly with their male counterparts in anenvironment, which is growing quite a competitive day by day.

DeBeauvoir made use of the opportunities and skills that she had tocreate awareness about the need to put more value in women than howthe case had been for a long time. Consequently, Simone ventured intothe field of writing where she published some books, essays,biographies, and articles that were relevant in some areas (Bair 36).Some of these included politics, philosophy, as well as other socialissues that were of immense relevance during that time. One of herworks that many people are conversant with is the play known as TheSecond Sex (Thurman,27). In this book, she clearly brings out the kind of oppression thatwas leveled against women in a bid to raise an attention towards theinnuendo and assist in creating a social pressure that would begeared towards taking actions that would result in the subsidence ofsuch practices.

Perhapsone of the advantages that she faced was that during the period,issues that relate with women action were picking heat around manyparts of the world and the politics of the day in many countriesrevolved on ways through which females could be shown the kind ofvalue that they so much deserved. It was, therefore, much easier formany people to identify with the issues that she aimed at bringingout (Appignanesi 69). However, this did not to mean that her actionswere smooth sailing. De Beauvoir was also during that period when heractions met extreme opposition from some male chauvinists whoretained the general belief that they were better compared to womenand, there is, therefore, no way that both genders could receive thesame level of treatment. There are also those people who also arguedthat the views advanced by Beauvoir were more inclined towards makingwomen being treated with some level of preferences, a factor thatwould also bring in some challenges in the end.

Likewise,De Beauvoir is also recognized for much of the input that she made inexistentialist ethics. She, as a result, made some publications thatwere relevant to the area. As such, she explored deeply into theessence of human existence and the elements that were necessary toensure that people co-existed peacefully (Appignanesi, 72). Theactivist came up with conclusions some of which indicated that “thetrue value of a man lies in being able to cooperate with oneanother.” She, therefore, furthered the argument that there was noway for human beings to show that they could collaborate with eachother than to start with appreciating every gender.

Similarly,De Beauvoir outlined most of the views that she held regarding thesubject in an essay known as TheEthics of Ambiguity.She went ahead to address the dilemma that exists between thelimitations of circumstances and freedom (Bair, 44). She fullyacknowledged that while freedom is quite important, it may not beachievable until such a time that some of the barriers that existedwere removed. Some of these obstacles included the general views thatwere held by many men as they retained their stand about womenindicating them as weaker and could, therefore, not be accorded thesame opportunities as males had.

Inconclusion, the input given by the “activist-cum-author” went along way into building the women value influence that is experiencedin the world today. The women movement that was encountered in theearly 20thcentury gave rise to most of the freedoms and rights that most womenenjoy today (Appignanesi, 87). Her existentialism theories alsoremain relevant today as they form a basis for the development of newphilosophical ideas as well as tools for furthering academic action.De Beauvoir is a name that is expected to continue being alive aroundthe world for long (Bair, 53). Her role in championing for the courseof women was quite imperative. It can as well be argued out that, DeBeauvoir was also of great influence since she created theories thatwould be pertinent in enhancing human survival. Her works won hersome prizes among them, the Jerusalem Prize.


Appignanesi,Lisa. Simonede Beauvoir.Haus Publishing, 2005. Print. 62-98

Bair,Deirdre. SimoneDe Beauvoir: A Biography.New York: Summit, 1990. Print. 33-59

Thurman,Judith. Introduction to ’s the Second Sex. 2010.27