Le Monde, nearing its 70th anniversary, has been running a series of “remember when” articles. Today’s is about the first time a woman was named to head up one of its daily sections. The section was Culture, the year was 1971, and the nominee was Yvonne Baby.
“How will she manage to show up for work at 7 in the morning, when we do the layout?”
“I was wondering how you’d handle the evenings out, theater showings, art galleries, cinema, and all that with your two boys at home.”
“Journalism is a hellhole of a profession… How old are you? Fine: at that age, you’re not going to have any more children.”
(Spoken to a journalist wearing a granny dress) “So you’re pregnant?”
C’est à vous rendre féministe! But at least they have the excuse that the date was 1971.