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Women Who Rock: Maria Agnesi

Maria Agnesi (pronounced on-YAY-zee) was born May 16, 1718 in Milan, Italy, the eldest of the 21 (!) children Pietro Agnesi fathered with his three wives. Although women weren’t normally educated at the time, Maria’s father recognized her potential. The family wealth, derived from the silk trade, allowed Agnesi to be taught by the most learned members of the Roman Catholic Church — and she didn’t disappoint. Agnesi learned Italian and French as a youngster, and by the time she was 13, she also spoke Latin, Greek, Spanish, Hebrew and Spanish. Keep reading »

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