Saturday, April 21, 2007

On April 21, ...

... 1926, Queen Elizabeth II of England was born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor. She became queen in 1952 after the death of her father, King George VI.
... 1944, Article 17 of the Ordonnance portant organisation des pouvoirs publics en France après la Libération, declared French women eligible to vote "under the same conditions as men." It was the culmination of a suffrage movement that dated not just to the early 1900s (see photo), but all the way back to the late 1700s, when its leaders included Olympe de Gouges, namesake of IntLawGrrl Hélène Ruiz Fabri. Tomorrow, as "Anna Koransky" [IntLawGrrl Naomi Norberg] explained here, women and men in France will go to the polls for the 1st round of this year's Presidential election, in which, for the 1st time, a woman is among the leading candidates.

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