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 launched the Women Patrons Circle of the Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie in October 2013. A unique initiative, 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 a genuine platform for exchanges in the long term. The Circle aims to finance projects related specifically to Women through the generous contributions of individuals and companies.

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 and unique experiences: invitations to openings, networking breakfasts, concert tickets, fast-track admission tickets 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. 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.

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.

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.

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

Established in 1945, 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 launch initiatives in areas of employment, social inclusion, training, etc.

Since 1946, Empreinte, a French creator of high-end lingerie, has reinvented the codes of corsetry and swimwear by using its unique expertise to create a refined aesthetic and unrivalled comfort. Combining the search for the freedom and control of the body, Empreinte, innovative artisan, places the art of its exceptional lingerie at the service of women. Present today in many countries, Empreinte has established itself as women's greatest ally in the quest for confidence, authenticity and well-being.

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.

From the very beginning, Marie Clairehas taken an intelligent and open view of the world and events in our society. 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. 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.


The Women Patrons Circle has the generous support of

  • Aline Aubertin
  • Martina Barcaroli Bruley des Varannes
  • Marie-Hélène Bensadoun-Broud
  • Joëlle Bertani
  • Jeanne Boillet
  • Carine Boisselet
  • Marie-Christine Bordeaux
  • Jacqueline Buysse Collin
  • Hélène Cataix
  • Felicitas Cavagné
  • Dimitra Champy
  • Christine Cluzel
  • Chiara Condi
  • Marie Danis
  • Christine de Courson
  • Laurence Dejouany
  • Charlotte Dekoker
  • Catherine Delaunay
  • DPConsulting
  • Catherine Dufayet
  • Gaëlle Franca
  • Mischa Honnen
  • Diana Iancu
  • Nathalie Jouven
  • Joelle Juppeau
  • Elisabeth Kimmerlin
  • Catherine Ladousse
  • Claire Leblanc
  • Florence Lesavre
  • Fabienne Lichentin Chelly
  • Marie Maheas
  • Dominique Maire
  • Aurélie Marais-Machurat
  • Marie-Noelle Maraval
  • Jackie Martin Lombard
  • Sophie Meurisse
  • Mondotv France
  • Pascale Moulin
  • Sheena Mullen
  • Marie Christine Oghly
  • Elisabeth Ollieric
  • Françoise Pagnard-Jourdan
  • Martine Partrat
  • Alexandra Pasquer
  • Isabelle Pean de Ponfilly
  • Agnès Peignen
  • Françoise Pelissier
  • Nicole Pelletier Perez
  • Mélanie Peron
  • Françoise Prot
  • Fabienne Ricard
  • Christiane Robichon
  • Stephanie Robisson Montillet
  • Catherine Roger
  • Isabelle Schaefer
  • Brigitte Serrano
  • Brigitte Silvera
  • Martine Vidal
  • Anne Wachsmann
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