German heroines to inspire you on International Women's Day
With International Women's Day coming up on Sunday March 8th, it's time to look back through history at some of the women who helped make Germany what it is today - and made sure their sisters and daughters had a seat at the table.
Saint Hildegard of Bingen – the definition of a polymath, Hildegard was a writer, composer, philosopher, mystic, abbess and visionary. She was born near Koblenz around 1098 and experienced visions from a very young age, which led her parents to give her up to the church when she was just eight. She went on to found two monasteries, write three books of theology and two on medicine and invent her own language, while finding time to write hundreds of letters to the great and good of Europe.