Exciting moment in intellectual history where groups of marginalized individuals come to develop sense of empowerment/equality, not just about woman ut argument for equality that coiuld e generalized appropriated and learned from. On surface clear that gains of woman enormous. *how work and contributions of woman continue to be perceived judged and continuedproblem of perception! most obvious to look to media. eg. belinda stronach focus on her relationship with peter mckay not her accomplishments female politicians have harsher judgement. Looking at book in relation to how classical sources inform the work / influential medieval sources in her work. A reformer in a time of tradition: tough circumstances, pizan the author and christine the character. Argument of the lecture: pizan seeks to counteract many strands of theory, literature and practice that denigrated women. Christine the character draws on these traditions to voice various objections to the work of the three ladies in building the city.