Google logo pays tribute to Brussels feminist Isabelle Gatti de Gamond :By incorporating doodles into its search engine logo, Google regularly honors holidays, famous artists, or pioneers. Today, Isabelle Gatti de Gamond, one of the earliest feminists in our country and the founder of the first Belgian high school for women, was celebrated on her 184th birthday.
Google Pays Tribute with Doodle
- Google’s Tradition of Honoring Significant Figures
- Isabelle Gatti de Gamond Commemorated on Her 184th Birthday
The tradition of doodles dates back to 1998 when Google founders Larry and Sergey experimented with the company logo to indicate that they were going to the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. It set a tradition of honoring important figures in world history, but rarely does a compatriot pass the review.
Isabelle Gatti de Gamond: A Pioneering Feminist
- Early Life and Background
- Becoming a Symbol of Feminism in Brussels
Gatti de Gamond was born on this day in 1839 in Paris, but her family moved to Brussels when she was five years old. There, she became a feminist icon and a “symbolic figure for Brussels education,” according to Archiviris, the website of the local archive heritage within the Brussels-Capital Region.
“L’Education de la Femme”: A New Educational Project
- Gatti de Gamond’s Vision to Empower Women
- Reaching All Women, Regardless of Their Circumstances
New education project Between March 1862 and 1864, Gatti de Gamond directed the magazine “L’Education de la Femme,” in which she developed the basis of a new educational project to emancipate women. Her ultimate goal was to reach all levels of education and all women, regardless of their situation.
The Establishment of a Girls’ High School
- Obtaining Permission from the Brussels City Council
- Curriculum and Approach of the School
In 1864, she was able to put her model into practice when she obtained permission from the Brussels City Council to establish a high school for girls.
The school did not offer religious education but provided courses in science, mathematics, modern and ancient languages, as well as physical education. The school was a great success and still exists today as the French-speaking Royal Atheneum Isabelle Gatti de Gamond on Broekstraat in Brussels.
- Remembering the Contributions of Isabelle Gatti de Gamond
- Her Role in Advancing Women’s Education and Empowerment
Given the success of Gatti de Gamond’s school, two more schools were quickly opened in Brussels. The model also spread to other Belgian municipalities. In 1899, Gatti de Gamond retired after 35 years of teaching. She passed away in Ukkel in 1905.