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n. Derogatory
A woman with strong scholarly or literary interests.

[After the Blue Stocking, Society, a nickname for a predominantly female literary club of 18th-century London (probably so called after the blue worsted stockings commonly worn as part of informal dress at the time).]
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usually derogatory a scholarly or intellectual woman
[from the blue worsted stockings worn by members of a C18 literary society]
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(ˈbluˌstɒk ɪŋ)

a woman with considerable literary or intellectual ability or interest.
[1780–90; orig., a member of a mid-18th-century London literary circle that included some women (so called from the blue stockings worn by a male participant)]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bluestocking - a woman having literary or intellectual interestsbluestocking - a woman having literary or intellectual interests
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"
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(o.f.) [ˈbluːˌstɒkɪŋ] N (= scholarly woman) → literata f, marisabidilla f
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blue-stocking [ˈbluːstɒkɪŋ] (old-fashioned) nbas-bleu mblue tit nmésange f bleue
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References in classic literature ?
"No, now that she has become a bluestocking she has finally renounced her former infatuations," he told himself.
It discusses the early "bluestocking circles" in the UK; aspects of gender and the public sphere; the work of Wollstonecraft and Macaulay; women writers of the 18th and 19th century; the impact of social movements in the establishment of women public intellectuals, including the suffrage movement, the feminist movement, and the civil rights movement; and contemporary women public intellectuals in the US, particularly Condoleeza Rice, Samantha Power, Susan Rice, Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, Anne-Marie Slaughter, and Sheryl Sandberg.
GUILDFORD: June 5 - October 28, Tues, Wed, Thu and Sun, 2pm-5pm - Hatchlands Park will celebrate the life and work of Fanny Boscawen, a founder member of the Bluestocking Society who built and lived at the Surrey Georgian mansion in the late 18th century with a new exhibition.
one of the of the Bluestocking women engaged conversation and intellectual pursuits, Nick Sturge said: "This was a visionary and talented woman who understood the importance of a solid start in life for young people and how this will influence the impact they make on society in later years, in a time when women were rarely afforded the opportunity to influence society.
The efforts of women (and some men) in Australian higher education to mainstream, normalise--or make ordinary--gender diversity and equity in our curricula and practices has been going on for a long time, right back to the Bluestocking era of the nineteenth century.
She has recently been advising the International Center for Transitional Justice on its work in Kenya , and is a co-founder of the The Bluestocking Institute for Global Peace and Justice, in Australia.
The dictionary defines the word 'Bluestocking' as 'an intelligent and well-educated woman who spends most of her time studying and is therefore not approved of by some men."
In fact, the only woman I have ever met who was a genuine bluestocking kind of girl, a senior officer with a Yorkshire council, was so scary both men and women kept her way past arms' length.
Her studio drew a public audience, and she was a cultural ambassador throughout the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars as well as a satirized bluestocking, inheritor of Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill estate, a novelist, and an actress.
There will be lots of great events including talks, workshops, exhibitions and performances - including Bob Kingdom's acclaimed Return Journey, events focusing on to mark the centenary of WWI, a launch of a new edition of Dylan Thomas' Collected Poems with John Goodby and a night of Dylan Thomas-inspired Burlesque from Bluestocking Lounge.