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Celebrating Remarkable Women on International Women's Day!  Today, we honor the remarkable Joséphine de Beauharnais (1763-1814), a woman whose life was filled with significant events that shaped history.

Josephine Boneparte - Empress Josephine

Joséphine, also known as Empress Joséphine, was a woman of immense strength and influence. She survived the tumultuous period of the French Revolution and escaped the Terror, which claimed the lives of many of her peers and family members. Despite losing her first husband, Alexandre de Beauharnais, to the guillotine, Joséphine remained resilient and dedicated to her country.

One of the most significant events in her life was her marriage to Napoleon in 1796. Their union not only cemented her position as Empress of France but also brought about a period of immense cultural and artistic transformation in the nation. Joséphine was known for her patronage of the arts and her impeccable sense of style, which greatly influenced the French fashion scene of that time.

Malmaison - Josephine with Eugène Rose de Beauharnais

Joséphine's passions went beyond fashion and the arts. She also had a passion for gardens and botany. She established the extraordinary Malmaison estate, which is located in the western suburbs of Paris. At Malmaison, she collected and cultivated a vast array of flora, including many exotic species. Joséphine's dedication to botany left an indelible mark on the field and inspired countless other women to pursue their own scientific passions.

Chateau de la Malmaison
Copyright: ©Photo RMN-Gérard Blot

Joséphine's marriage to Napoleon ultimately faced challenges, after not producing an heir Joséphine and Napoleon divorced in 1809. Yet, even after their separation, Joséphine maintained a close relationship with Napoleon and continued to wield a significant influence over him.

Empress Josephine Coronation

Joséphine de Beauharnais was an extraordinary woman who defied gender norms and left an enduring legacy. Her unwavering determination, elegance, and contribution to the arts, sciences, and politics make her a true inspiration for women around the world. 🌺

Let us celebrate her life and the lives of all the remarkable women who have paved the way for us!

Happy International Women's Day! 💕


The Extraordinary Life of Joséphine de Beauharnais

  • 23 Jun 1763
    Joséphine de Beauharnais is born on a sugar cane plantation in the French colony of Martinique.
  • Dec 1779
    Marie-Rose Tascher (the future Joséphine Bonaparte) marries her first husband, Alexandre de Beauharnais in Paris.
  • 22 Apr 1794 - 29 Jul 1794
    Joséphine de Beauharnais is imprisoned during the Reign of Terror.
  • 23 Jul 1794
    Alexandre de Beauharnais is guillotined.
  • 9 Mar 1796
    Napoleon and Joséphine are married in a civil ceremony in Paris.
  • 2 Dec 1804
    Emperor Napoleon I and Empress Joséphine are coronated in a sacred ceremony in the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral.
  • 10 Jan 1810
    The annulment of Napoleon and Joséphine's marriage is confirmed in a divorce ceremony.
  • 29 May 1814
    Joséphine de Beauharnais dies at the Château de Malmaison, age 50


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