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was a Swiss
Switzerland name of one of the Swiss cantons. ; ; ; or ), in its full name the Swiss Confederation , is a federal republic consisting of 26 cantons, with Bern as the seat of the federal authorities. The country is situated in Western Europe,Or Central Europe depending on the definition....
author and feminist.
She was born Alice Golay in the small Swiss municipality of Rovray
Rovray is a municipality in the district of Jura-Nord Vaudois in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland.-History:Rovray is first mentioned around 1403-1409 as Roueraye. Arrissoules is first mentioned in 1148 as Arresules...
. She spent much of her life in Geneva
Geneva In the national languages of Switzerland the city is known as Genf , Ginevra and Genevra is the second-most-populous city in Switzerland and is the most populous city of Romandie, the French-speaking part of Switzerland...
and originally studied music training to be a pianist. After years of work with the International Labour Organization
The International Labour Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations that deals with labour issues pertaining to international labour standards. Its headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland. Its secretariat — the people who are employed by it throughout the world — is known as the...
she became a writer.
Alice Rivaz began producing a first novel around 1937, Nuages dans la main
("Clouds in your hands", published in 1940. Her works are known for dealing with women in art and family as well as having feminst themes. Along with novels, short stories, essays and diaries she also did a study of poet Jean-Georges Lossier.