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The feminist X Factor?

By Serena Kutchinsky  

All feminist eyes will be on France on September 22, when the campaign to see a woman honoured in the Panthéon enters its final stage. A belated burial in France’s famed secular temple is a great honour, bestowed on the nation’s finest writers, philosophers, fighters and scientists. To date, 71 men and a mere two women have been granted membership, or “pantheonised”. The drive to redress the gender balance was sparked by President Francois Hollande in a speech on International Woman’s Day in March. Hollande – who is sometimes jokingly referred to as Francois Le Feminist due to his proactive approach…

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