French Impressions: Responses to Napoléon’s statement on women and power in Paris

I am honored to be featured alongside two other lovely ladies in this article! Please check out our responses to Napoleon’s statement on women and power in Paris. Merci de lire!

A Woman's Paris

Using a statement by Napoléon Bonaparte as a guide: A woman, in order to know what is her due and what her power is, must live in Paris for six months, — we read Natalie Ehalt’s reflections on discovering the self, Parisian Bénédicte Mahé’s examination of the cultural level of living in Paris, and Dana Wielgus’ vivid description of the beginnings of growth at the edge of one’s comfort zone. All three women would replace the world living in “Paris” for living “abroad.” And all are praise to the women and men like you who have used their past to create their future. Forging something wonderful: an inspired sense of self.

Natalie, reflecting on knowing oneself, writes: Perhaps in Paris, a woman found herself sufficiently removed from her other life, from her attachments, to recreate herself. Her own opinion, she discovered, was the most powerful.

Enjoy these French Impressions highlights…

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  1. Dear Dana,

    The honor, to publish your interview in A Woman’s Paris® online magazine, was ours. The interview question paraphrased reads: Napoléon Bonaparte (1769-1821) Emperor of the French said in a letter written in 1795: “A woman, in order to know what is due her and what her power is, must live in Paris for six months.” In what way does this hold true with your experience living abroad? How do we understand this statement today?

    We welcome comments from readers, which we will publish at the end of our post. How does this statement holds true with your experience? How do we understand this statement today?

    http://awomansparis.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/french-impressions-responses-to-napoleons-statement-on-women-and-power-in-paris/

    It is a pleasure to know you, Dana. Many thanks for your interview in our series, “French Impressions,” and for sharing this post with your readers!

    With very kind regards,

    Barbara Redmond
    Publisher
    barbara@awomansparis.com

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