Wednesday, April 14

Toponymy | Where are the women ?

The Government of Quebec has created a new tool to identify official places honoring women who have marked history. Where are the Alys-Robi parks located? Who are Simonne Monet-Chartrand and Marie-Josèphe-Angélique? The Toponymy Commission proposes to meet 50 extraordinary women.

Véronique LauzonVéronique Lauzon

As International Women’s Day approaches, Quebec is unveiling the interactive map “Remarkable Women of Quebec” this Sunday. Several other maps will be unveiled later, including one on Quebec’s political history and another on Aboriginal toponymy.

This tool, designed by the Commission de toponymie, allows you to learn more about women who have changed Quebec in their own way. In addition to including a short biography and a photo or an image, the profile of each personality allows you to discover places, such as buildings, mountains, libraries or streets, in their name. For example, there are 52 places commemorating Marguerite Bourgeoys, from Amos to Sherbrooke via Rivière-du-Loup.

The Commission de toponymie wanted to choose women from several fields of activity, from all eras, as well as “Quebeckers by birth and adoption”. We find in particular the pioneer of the teaching and the practice of medicine Maude Abbott, the activist for teaching in mixed classes Esther Blondin and the activist for the advancement of women’s rights in Quebec Idola Saint-Jean.

Artists also slip into this list, including the first Quebec novelist, Laure Conan, the singer and author Pauline Julien, the actress Denise Pelletier and the writer Anne Hébert.

Other names will be added to this card, in addition to videos and sound recordings. There are nearly 4,500 official place names that recall a woman in Quebec.

The Minister responsible for the French language, Simon Jolin-Barrette, declared that this card allowed to discover the sometimes unrecognized contribution of Quebec women. “Exploring this map is a new opportunity to appreciate the contribution of women to the development of Quebec and the construction of its identity, from yesterday to today,” he added in the press release. hurry.

The Minister responsible for the Status of Women Isabelle Charest added that “recognizing the participation of women in our society also contributes to advancing equality between women and men”.

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