Monday, June 7, 2010

On June 7

On this day in ...
... 1945 (65 years ago today), Françoise Gaspard was born in Dreux, France. A feminist sociologist and a Socialist Party politican, she has served as mayor of her hometown, been a member of the French National Assembly, and held other national and regional positions. (credit for 2008 photo of Gaspard, at right, Marie-Josée Jacobs, Luxembourg's Minister of Family, Integration, and Equal Opportunities) Gaspard was one of France's 1st openly gay politicians, and among the very 1st who is a woman; furthermore, she helped introduce LGBT studies into French academia. She has represented France on the Commission on the Status of Women of the United Nations, and also has been a Vice Chairperson of the CEDAW Committee.

(Prior June 7 posts are here, here, and here.)

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