Harriet Martineau was an English social theorist and Whig writer, often cited as the first female sociologist.
Martineau wrote many books and a multitude of essays from a sociological, holistic, religious, domestic, and perhaps most controversially, feminine perspective; she also translated various works from Auguste Comte. She earned enough to be supported entirely by her writing, a rare feat for a woman in the Victorian era.
The sixth of eight children, Harriet Martineau was born in Norwich, England, where her father was a textile manufacturer. Her mother was the daughter of a sugar refiner and a grocer. The Martineau family was of French Huguenot ancestry and professed Unitarian views. Her uncle was the eminent surgeon, Philip Meadows Martineau (1752-1829), whom she had enjoyed visiting at his nearby estate, Bracondale Lodge
Deaf from an early age, whose political writings made her a leading voice in the campaign against slavery: an avid cigar-smoker, Harriet is sometimes referred to as the world’s first female journalist.
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