French feminist, existentialist, philosopher, and author Simone de Beauvoir was born on this day January 9, 1908 in Paris France. She died in Paris on April 14, 1986. Some of her most notable writings include The Second Sex, Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter, The Mandarins, She Came to Stay, and The Woman Destroyed.
“Few tasks are more like the torture of Sisyphus than housework, with its endless repetition: the clean becomes soiled, the soiled is made clean, over and over, day after day. The housewife wears herself out marking time: she makes nothing, simply perpetuates the present … Eating, sleeping, cleaning – the years no longer rise up towards heaven, they lie spread out ahead, grey and identical. The battle against dust and dirt is never won.”-Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex