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Architect Renata von Tscharner discusses how women in Switzerland got the vote,
the importance of swimming in rivers, and learning to play the accordion.
Renata’s fascinating life was shaped by the events she witnessed in Paris in May
1968, when a student revolt became a general strike that ground the French
economy to a halt. She speaks with host Susan Kish about campaigning to get
women the vote in Switzerland, her architecture experiences at ETH Zurich and as
an urban planner in London and Bern, and how swimming in Switzerland created the
Charles River Conservancy in Massachusetts, an NGO she founded, striving to make
the Charles River and its parks a well-maintained network of natural urban places for
the local community.
It’s hard to believe that women only got the vote in Switzerland in 1971. Renata von
Tscharner, retired President of the Charles River Conservancy, shares candid
insights based on her unique experiences campaigning for the vote. Through the
inspiring story of her colourful life, she highlights the importance of swimming in
rivers, and learning to play the accordion.
Be sure to listen until the end for a musical surprise…