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Ecolint women honoured in Geneva

lundi, 4 novembre 2019   (4 Comments)
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Since March 2019, pink street-name signs have been appearing all over Geneva, affixed right underneath the usual blue signs. What are these plaques that bear the names of women who have influenced Geneva and left their mark on the international city?

Only 7% of streets in Geneva are currently named after women, which is what the 100 Elles project is responding to. In an effort to bring visibility to women in History and public space, the movement is temporarily renaming streets in Geneva, to honour women who have made historical contributions to the city and canton of Geneva. All of them respond to the criteria needed to have a street in Geneva named after them.

Among the 100 women featuring in this project, two are intimately linked to Ecolint.
Marie-Thèrese Maurette, Director General of Ecolint from 1929 to 1950, left an important mark on the school, pioneering ideas such as bilingualism and co-education at Ecolint as early as the 1930s. She was also the one to push for including international history and culture classes into the curriculum. 

Jeanne Hersch taught at Ecolint for no fewer than 23 years, from 1933 to 1956, before being appointed professor of philosophy at the University of Geneva - the first woman in that university to achieve such a distinction. 

You can read more about these incredible women here.


Thaïs Ruegg says...
Posted jeudi, 28 novembre 2019
Merci Philippe pour cette explication! A quand une contribution sur le blog des alumni? :) On se réjouit!
Benjamin Philippe says...
Posted jeudi, 28 novembre 2019
En réponse aux remarques (pertinentes) de Julia H. Moorhouse (Halle) : Le collectif féministe L'Escouade a choisi cette couleur en ayant bien sûr pesé le pour et le contre. Sur son site, il explique que "la contrainte du prix et la difficulté pour l’entreprise mandatée de créer certaines couleurs nous ont poussées à de longues réflexions et discussions. Notre choix s'est finalement porté sur le violet, notamment en référence au code couleur des luttes MOGAI (Marginalized Orientations, Gender identities and Intersex)". Pour ce qui est de la coexistence des deux plaques : celles en bleu restent officielles, tandis que les "violettes" ont pour vocation de sensibiliser le public. Elles devaient être retirées en septembre. Elles sont encore là. La démarche étant appuyée par la ville, peut-être qu'il y aura des changements à terme. J'ai exprimé mon opinion sur le blog Genève Les Portes / 100 femmes dix quartiers.
Julia H. Moorhouse (Halle) says...
Posted lundi, 25 novembre 2019
Why pink? Why underneath the names of the men? These are not fluffy little women - second class citizens, and if they deserve to be honoured they should be honoured properly and fully, in their own right. Not temporarily with subsidiary pink signs.
Vera Narishkin Hart (Narishkin) says...
Posted lundi, 4 novembre 2019
There ought to be ones for Manguère (I can't find her official name) and Michèle Joz-Roland (Alouette) who had such a wonderful impact on all those who were in their classes (grade 1 and 2 on the French side).

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