Harriet Martineau
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"Harriet Martineau" was an English social theorist and Whig (British political party)/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. A young Queen Victoria/Princess Victoria, (later Queen Victoria), enjoyed reading Martineau's publications. The queen invited Martineau to her Coronation of Queen Victoria/coronation in 1838—an event which Martineau described, in great and amusing detail, to her many readers. Martineau said of her own approach to writing: "when one studies a society, one must focus on all its aspects, including key political, religious, and social institutions". She believed a thorough societal analysis was necessary to understand women's status under men.

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