Friedhof Hietzing, Hietzing, Wien Stadt, Vienna (Wien), Austria
Marie von Najmájer (3 February 1844 in Buda, Hungary – 25 July 1904 in Bad Aussee (Styria), Austria) - was an Austrian novelist and poet. Daughter of a Hungarian royal hofrat Franz von Najmájer. In 1852 she moved to Vienna with her mother. She was an activist of the Association for Women's Education in Vienna (Verein für erweiterte Frauenbildung in Wien).
Marie was born in Buda, Hungary on February 3, 1844. Her father was the Hungarian royal hofrat Franz von Najmájer and, in recent years, she has been labeled a “Bourgeois feminist” for her wealthy background. When she was 8-years-old, Marie and her mother left Hungary and moved to Vienna where Marie would grow up and eventually become a prominent figure in the Austrian women’s rights movement.
As a young woman, Marie started working for the Association for Women’s Education in Vienna. She famously partnered up with fellow activist Marianne Hainisch and the two focused on women’s access to higher education in Austrian universities. Marie was also a writer and published over 11 novels and books of poetry during her lifetime. It was well-known in feminist spaces of the day that Marie had relationships with women and in one of her later pieces she revealed that “tender woman love is my life’s most beautiful content” and that she wished the “daughters of the twentieth century” would have the chance to experience it for themselves.
Marie passed away on July 25, 1904 at the age of 60. She was buried in Hietzing, Vienna and her funeral was a day of city-wide grief with members of the Society for Women Artists and Women Writers, the Austrian Society for Teachers, and the Society for Higher Education of Women all in attendance.
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