Why is Women’s Suffrage in France Only 70 Years Old?

On April 21, 1944, General Charles de Gaulle, then leader of the provisional government in Algiers, issued a simple decree, “Women are eligible to vote under the same conditions as men.” The first municipal election after the liberation of France was held a year later on April 29, 1945. Across France twelve million women walked […]

Sad Summer For Women In Politics – Part 1

Sometimes, the law reveals some strange anachronisms. There is still a law in France, from 1799, which forbids women to wear trousers. Of course, it is not applied by anyone anywhere in the country, but the legislator has never felt the necessity to repeal it. However, in 2012, a female minister, Cecile Duflot, was heavily […]