Women Patrons Circle

Become a member and join the activities of the Circle

by clicking on this link. For more information: femmesmecenes@musee-orsay.fr

The Musée d'Orsay, the InterElles Circle, the FCE (French Women Chief Executives Association) and the Fédération Pionnières are launching the Women Patrons Circle of the Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie. A unique initiative of its kind, this Circle is an example of the shared resolve to give public recognition to Women, by responding to current societal issues: equality, equal opportunities in the workplace, education, etc. It means, among other things, making the economic players aware of these different issues, and creating, in the long term, a genuine platform for exchanges. The Circle will aim, through the generous contributions of individuals and companies, to finance projects related specifically to Women.

By becoming a member of the Women Patrons Circle, either personally or through your company, you will be confirming your commitment to the feminine cause and the promotion of culture, and you will enjoy special benefits (66% tax reduction, invitations to openings of projects supported by the Circle, museum pass, private tours, networking breakfasts, etc.).

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. This programme continues in 2013 and 2014 with the Frida Kahloexhibition and a forthcoming retrospective on the influence of women in photography (October 2014).

The InterElles Circle: a pioneering network in the struggle for diversity

The InterElles Circle, established in 2001, consists of 12 companies from the world of science and technology: Air Liquide, Areva, Assystem, CEA, EDF, GE, IBM, Lenovo, Nexter, Orange, Schlumberger and Onet Technologies. Every year for the last 12 years, on International Women’s Day, the InterElles Circle has held a symposium, to which men and women from companies within the Circle are invited. This event is an opportunity to discuss the major themes of the year based on the results of surveys and information gathered by the InterElles Circle.
The symposium has been a success from the very outset, attracting over 6,000 people to this annual event over the course of 12 years, all with the common aim of sharing and exchanging ideas on best practices and the continuing obstacles surrounding diversity.

Fédération Pionnières: the leading network for business incubators and nurseries for women-owned businesses in the innovative services sector.

The Fédération Pionnières has created and developed a network of Pioneers to support and mentor women wishing to set up innovative companies: 13 in France and 6 abroad.

Pioneer business incubators and nurseries specifically mentor women who plan to start a company that is economically viable and that will create sustainable employment in the innovative services sector (in its broadest sense).
In particular, they offer these new business women further networking opportunities in the field of new business ventures and may be able to offer premises.


Femmes Chefs d'Entreprises (French Association of Women CEOs): leading women’s network for economic intelligence

Established in 1945 by Yvonne-Edmond Foinant, chief executive officer, Director in the Metalworking Industry and first woman President of the CCI in Paris, the Association of Women Chief Executives (FCE France) now includes 2,000 women entrepreneurs from 46 local French delegations.
An inter-professional and non-political association, FCE France works to break down the isolation of the chief executive, to promote and support the establishment of new companies, to be proactive in putting forward proposals to public authorities, to pool resources and to launch concerted initiatives in areas of employment, social inclusion, training and the management of future growth, etc.

From the very beginning, Marie Claire has taken an intelligent and open view of the world and events in our society. It looks ahead to how women’s live are changing, and knows how to inspire them and involve them through exceptional investigative reporting. Here and elsewhere, Marie Claire creates its own voice and is committed to women: it champions their causes, campaigns for their emancipation, supports their struggles and condemns the crimes committed against them.
Marie Claire wows its readers with film fashion shoots, showcasing designers with flair and style. In beauty too, Marie Claire shows its commitment. It takes a discerning look at new products and develops its expertise through rigorous, in-depth surveys, while always considering the wellbeing and enjoyment of its readers. Marie Claire is dedicated to offering its readers the best, and invites them to create their own style, to have the freedom to express their individuality and femininity.
A commitment enjoyed by over 15 million women throughout the world every month, thanks to the 33 international editions of Marie Claire.

Atlantico, a French news website (1.5 million individual visitors in April 2013), was set up to facilitate access to information and offer a view of current affairs that presents the world as it really is and not how we would like it to be.
Atlantico takes a fresh look at current affairs with new voices (over 2,000 expert contributors), well-known names, daily and weekly interviews. Moreover, the Atlantico editorial team offers two press reviews: a review of general news magazines on Thursdays, and, on Saturdays, celebrity news.
Finally, as a reference platform, Atlantico selects the best articles and features from the web – including the blogosphere – on any given subject, from 1,000 French and international sources.

Aesop was established in Melbourne in 1987 with a quest to create a range of superlative products for the skin, hair and body. We are committed to using both plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients of the highest quality and proved efficacy. Our products are available in Aesop boutiques and in department stores in major cities like New York, Paris and Tokyo, as well as online.

The Women Patrons Circle has the generous support of

  • Aline Aubertin
  • Martina Barcaroli Bruley Des Varannes
  • Marie-Hélène Bensadoun-Broud
  • Carine Boisselet
  • Marie-Christine Bordeaux
  • Jacqueline Buysse Collin
  • Hélène Cataix
  • Christine Cluzel
  • Christine de Courson
  • Laurence Dejouany
  • Catherine Delaunay
  • DP Consulting
  • Gaëlle Franca
  • Diana Iancu
  • Nathalie Jouven
  • Joelle Juppeau
  • Elisabeth Kimmerlin
  • Nadalette La Fonta Six
  • Catherine Ladousse
  • Florence Lesavre
  • Marie Maheas
  • Dominique Maire
  • Marie-Noelle Maraval
  • Jackie Martin Lombard
  • Sophie Meurisse
  • Elisabeth Michel
  • MondoTv France
  • Pascale Moulin
  • Sheena Mullen
  • Marie Christine Oghly
  • Françoise Pagnard-Jourdan
  • Alexandra Pasquer
  • Agnès Peignen
  • Françoise Pelissier
  • Nicole Pelletier Perez
  • Mélanie Peron
  • Françoise Prot
  • Christiane Robichon
  • Stephanie Robisson Montillet
  • Catherine Roger
  • Nathalie Sauvanet
  • Isabelle Schaefer
  • Brigitte Serrano
  • Martine Vidal
  • Anne Wachsmann
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