Women, actresses of the history of France

A story "without women" seems impossible. Yet, for a long time, it's a story that has remained silent. In 2015 France paid tribute to the resistant Germaine Tillion and Geneviève de Gaulle-Anthonioz, by celebrating their entry into the Pantheon, what lighting to pose on women as actresses in the history of their country?

We propose here a reinterpretation of three highlights in the history of France: the Revolution of 1789 with Olympus Gouges, spokesperson of the citizens, the Second World War with the fighting of famous and anonymous resistant, finally the participation of women at the events of May 1968, accelerators of the transformations of French society.

  • Christine Bard, Les femmes dans la société française au XXème siècle, A. Colin, 2001.
  • Sylvie Chaperon, Les années Beauvoir (1945-1970), Fayard, 2000.
  • Geneviève Dermenjian, Irène Jami, Annie Rouquier, Françoise Thébaud (coord.), La place des femmes dans l’histoire. Une histoire mixte, Belin, association Mnémosyne, 2010.
  • Yannick Ripa, Les femmes, actrices de l’Histoire, France, 1789 à nos jours, A. Colin, coll. U, réédition 2010.
  • Génération MLF 1968-2008, Des femmes-Antoinette Fouque, 2008 (recueil de témoignages de militantes).

Nathalie DUVAL

Nathalie Duval is an associate professor and PRAG in contemporary history at the Faculty of Arts & Humanities Sorbonne Université. In parallel with her research and scientific activities (publications and colloquia), Nathalie Duval ensures, as part of her teaching, the accompaniment of the students in the valorization of their studies in Letters and Human Sciences.

She is among others the author of The School of the Rocks, Belin, coll. History of Education and Education, 2010, repr. 2011. 2010 Prize of the Academy of Sciences, Belles Lettres et Arts of Rouen; Enseignement et éducation en France du XVIIIème siècle à nos jours, Armand Colin, coll. 128, 2011.