Paris, a city redesigned by Baron Haussmann, offers the world a masculine face. In Paris: 12% of streets, barely 2% of metro stations, 20% of schools, 80 green spaces out of 500, 2 museums out of 40 bear a woman’s name… And yet, women represent 53% of the Parisian population .
How can we imagine today that our children, girl or boy, living for example near the Alexandre-Dumas metro station (writer) get off at the Ledru-Rollin stop (deputy) to go to the Charles-Baudelaire elementary school (poet) while passing by the rue Théodore-Roussel (doctor) without having encountered, during their day, the memory of a single female reference? If these male models are essential and recognized, how can one build oneself, freely and proudly, as a citizen, in an environment that makes women invisible? The company must be able to offer a mixed and balanced reflection.
Urban space belongs to everyone. It is clear that women’s contributions to the history of the city, to its identity and its influence are singularly ignored to leave the greatest room for the novel written by men.
Famous or not, many women have so much to pass on to new generations: Marie Curie, Louise Michel, Coco Chanel, Josephine Baker of course but also Edmée Chandon, Rose Dieng-Kuntz, Alice Guy, Louise-Félicité de Kéralio, Katia Krafft or Nicole-Reine Lepaute… You don’t know them? This is the problem! Yet they have all worked for progress, the arts or the sciences but have been relegated to the wings of the city and the country to which they have given so much …
The unprecedented crisis we are going through has accelerated the population’s demand for more inclusion and it is high time to build living spaces that include everyone before we project ourselves into the future.
Putting women back in their rightful place, at the heart of their history to invest in our future, is the objective of the wish voted unanimously at the Council of Paris on April 12, through the “Journey of the women who made Paris”. This project, led by Catherine Ibled, advisor (Independent and progressive group) from Paris, on a proposal from the association Le 5e, homeland of women, should see the light of day in 2024 for the Olympic Games in Paris.
Through this journey, it is a question of permanently anchoring the history of women in the city so that our children can meet, in their daily journeys, the names of women who will inspire a chapter of their life. This route is an ecosystem intended to promote equality in the city. It is a historical issue, of transmission, of inclusion but also of citizenship: to offer future generations the possibility of reconnecting with the common history through that of these women.
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