Make a commitment! Join the Women Patrons Circle!

5 reasons to support the Circle

  • Contribute to putting women in the spotlight, by making the economic players aware of issues such as equality, equal opportunities in the workplace and education

  • Demonstrate your commitment to culture and become an Ambassador by supporting projects devoted to women

  • Help develop a unique initiative in Europe in partnership with influential networks: the InterElles Circle, the French Women Chief Executives Association, the Fédération Pionnières and Communication & Entreprise

  • Enjoy unique opportunities and discussions, at regular, high-profile meetings

  • Benefit from a 66% tax reduction on your gift for individuals and a 60% tax reduction on the amount of your sponsorship for companies.

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Discover the Women Patrons Circle

Eva GonzalèsA Box at the Theatre des Italiens© Musée d'Orsay, dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt
The Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie launched the Women Patrons Circle in 2013. This initiative, the only one of its kind, is the result of the combined actions and support of the InterElles Circle, the French Women Chief Executives Association, the Fédération Pionnières and Communication & Entreprise.

Demonstrating their desire to put women in the spotlight, the Circle aims to finance, through generous contributions from individuals and companies, projects arising from the Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie programmes, devoted to women. It also involves making the economic players aware of the various issues around the place of women in society (equality, equal opportunities in the workplace, education, etc.), and creating a genuine platform for exchanges in the long term.

The Musée d'Orsay is celebrating Women through a broad range of projects and a programme that started several years ago with Degas and the Nude (spring 2012), Misia, Queen of Paris (summer 2012), Impressionism and Fashion (autumn 2012)), among others. For its launch, the Circle supported the Frida Kahlo exhibition at the Musée de l'Orangerie, which attracted 297,000 visitors. For the 2014-2015 season, the Women Patrons Circle will support numerous unique and committed projects devoted to women.

By becoming a member of the Women Patrons Circle, in addition to tax incentives, you will be confirming your commitment to the feminine cause and the promotion of culture, and you will enjoy special privileges and unique experiences: invitations to openings, networking breakfasts, concert tickets, private tours of the museum’s exhibitions, new opportunities to meet the women curators, fine wine tastings, etc. The Circle will concentrate on organising special bi-monthly meetings for its members where they can discover what happens behind the scenes in the world of culture, can share their experiences and discuss current societal issues.

The Circle currently has over 100 members.

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Discover the 2015 season

Take a look at the projects supported by the Women Patrons Circle in 2015.

Concerts: Unusual Women

Musée d'Orsay / March 2015

This cycle of concerts pays tribute to the great female singers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Although their names might have been forgotten, they brought recognition and prestige to melody and Lieder, and some delivered the great light opera performances of the time.

Edgar Degas 
 Dans un café, also called L'absinthe [In a Café, also called Absinthe]
 Oil on canvas
 H. 92; W. 68.5 m
 Paris, Musée d'Orsay, bequest of Count Isaac de Camondo, 1911

Exhibition: Splendour and Misery

Musée d'Orsay / September 2015

The first major exhibition on the theme of prostitution in art from 1850 to 1910, it will examine the way French and foreign artists, from Manet to Degas, from Toulouse-Lautrec and Munch to Vlaminck, Van Dongen and Picasso, have continually sought to depict the reality and the fantasies of this sub-culture.


Exhibition: Who's Afraid of Women Photographers?

Musée de l'Orangerie / October 2015

Drawing on new research and the numerous histories of photography that, over the last forty years, have reassessed women’s extraordinary contribution to this medium both in Europe and America, from the official invention of photography in 1839 to 1945, this exhibition and the accompanying publication will be the first of the “genre”.

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Members of the Women Patrons Circle

The Circle thanks the Women Patrons for their commitment:
(Members who have agreed to appear – listed chronologically)

Stéphanie Robisson Montillet
Martine Vidal
Catherine Ladousse
Aline Aubertin
Dominique Poussier
Christine Cluzel
Marie-Christine Oghly
Sheena Mullen
Jacqueline Buysse Collin
Jackie Martin Lombard
Mélanie Peron
Joëlle Juppeau
Hélène Cataix
Marie-Christine Bordeaux
Florence Lesavre
Isabelle Schaefer
Brigitte Serrano
Elisabeth Kimmerlin
Gaëlle Franca
Sophie Meurisse

Françoise Prot
Christine de Courson
Marie-Hélène Bensadoun-Broud
Agnès Peignen
Dominique Maire
Anne Wachsmann
Martine Partrat
Françoise Pelissier
Françoise Pagnard-Jourdan
Marie Maheas
Mondotv France
Catherine Delaunay
Christiane Robichon
Nathalie Jouven
Felicitas Cavagné
Mischa Honnen
Nicole Pelletier Perez
Catherine Roger
Diana Iancu
Martina Barcaroli Bruley des Varannes

Carine Boisselet
Alexandra Pasquer
Marie-Noelle Maraval
Laurence Dejouany
Pascale Moulin
Fabienne Ricard
Chiara Condi
Jeanne Boillet
Joëlle Bertani
Isabelle Pean de Ponfilly
Brigitte Silvera
Elisabeth Ollieric
Fabienne Lichentin Chelly
Charlotte Dekoker
Claire Leblanc
Dimitra Champy
Marie Danis
Catherine Dufayet
Aurélie Marais-Machurat
Sophie Lambert
Dinah Louda
Isabelle Kevorkian
Martine Van Went

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Partners of the Women Patrons Circle

The InterElles Circle brings together the women’s networks of 11 leading international technology companies, in order to promote diversity in business and equality in the workplace.

The Fédération Pionnières has created and developed a network of Pioneers to support and mentor women wishing to set up innovative companies.

Created in 1945, the mission of the French Women Chief Executives Association is to raise the status of women in the economic sector to that of their male counterparts.

Communication & Entreprise, the first inter-professional organisation of French corporate communicators, organises and brings together over 1,700 professionals.

Since 1946, Empreinte, a French creator of high-end lingerie, has placed its creative expertise at the service of women, combining the search for the freedom and control of the body.

Aesop was established in Melbourne in 1987 with a quest to create a range of superlative products for the skin, hair and body.

Here and elsewhere, Marie Claire creates its own voice and is committed to women: a commitment enjoyed by over 15 million women throughout the world every month.

Atlantico, a French news website, was set up to facilitate access to information and offer a different perspective on current affairs.

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