It is a simple sentence. A one-line article that would change the lives of millions of French women. From the front page, the readers of L’Écho d’Alger of April 23, 1944 understood that something was about to happen.
On April 21, the French Committee for National Liberation, chaired by Charles de Gaulle, drafted an ordinance on the organization of public powers in France after the Liberation. Article 17 announced, “Women shall be electors and eligible under the same conditions as men.”