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The Hidden Women of May '68

MEN MONOPOLIZED THE SPOTLIGHT IN PARIS, BUT WOMEN PLAYED A ROLE, TOO. AND THE UPRISING CHANGED THEIR LIVES.

PARIS — One of my biggest regrets is that I was born too late for the barricades of May 1968. I was only 4 years old, and so I missed this huge “happening,” the student and worker uprising that brought France to a standstill. My mother’s sister, who was then a 22-year-old elementary school teacher here, recalled with nostalgia the strange atmosphere in the city, where, she said, “the daily routine stopped and everyone went on a picnic.”

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