57 years ago, married women still had to obtain their husband’s permission to open a banking account in their name. This situation was inherited directly from the 1804 civil code, which established their legal incapacity. How did women gradually gain the freedom to manage the financial and economic affairs of their households or to access financial services independently? How did banks adapt to the societal changes that marked the 20th century in terms of women’s rights? Listen to the answers in this new episode of the BNP Paribas ATM Stories podcast, dedicated to the highlights of women’s economic emancipation based on banking archives.
Women’s rights, Financial independence and banking
Let’s discover the years of struggle for the financial independence of French women and the way in which BNP Paribas and its forerunners supported this new customers…
At the very beginning of the 20th century, working married women were finally able to freely hold their wages. However, it was not until 1938 that the law lifted their civil incapacity. The right to vote was not granted until 1944, mainly due to the massive influx of women into the labour market during the two world wars. Did you know that it was only in 1965, the year of the presidential elections, that the debate on the emancipation of women was revived?