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, Communication & Entreprise, the Femmes Chefs d'Entreprises (French Association of Women CEOs), Financi’Elles, the Fédération Pionnières, the Professional Women's Network and the Women’s Forum

  • Take part in exclusive and unique encounters and discussions, held on a regular basis: breakfasts, networking, concerts, private tours, wine tastings, a behind-the-scenes discovery of the museum, etc.

  • 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

The Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie created the Women Patrons Circle in October 2013. This one-of-a-kind initiative is the result of the mobilisation of more than 120 women and the support of 7 influential networks (below).

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.

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Projects supported by the Women Patrons Circle

Discover the projects supported by the Women Patrons Circle since its creation.

Restoration: The Women of Gaul by Auguste Glaize
Musée d'Orsay / spring 2016

Restoration of this breathtaking testimony to large format painting of national history which depicts the Battle of Gergovia, a famous episode of the Gallic War from which Julius Caesar emerged victorious. Glaize transformed a defeat into an act of bravery on the part of the women and elevated our Gallic ancestors to the rank of heroines. Their resistance in the face of the invader is a model of courage.


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”.

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.

Exhibition: Frida Kahlo / Diego Rivera. Art in fusion

Musée de l'Orangerie / October 2013

To mark its launch, the Circle lent its support to this emblematic exhibition that attracted some 300,000 visitors. A figure of 20th century art, Frida Kahlo personifies a modern and timeless icon, symbolising the image of the free and activist woman.

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Members of the Women Patrons Circle

The Circle thanks the Women Patrons for their commitment:
(Members who have agreed to the mention of their name – alphabetical list)

Aline Aubertin
Martina Barcaroli Bruley des Varannes
Marie-Hélène Bensadoun-Broud
Capucine Bertrand
Claude Blanc
Jeanne Boillet
Carine Boisselet
Jacqueline Buysse Collin
Hélène Cataix
Felicitas Cavagné
Dimitra Champy
Manal Chourafa
Christine Cluzel
Chiara Condi
Isabelle Coornaert
Marie-Louise Cusack
Marie Danis
Christine de Courson
Laetitia De Gaulle
Laurence Dejouany
Catherine Delaunay
Patricia Donnelly
Vincente Duchel Clergeau
Catherine Dufayet


Gaëlle Franca
Sandrine Franchini-Guichard
Nathalie Girault-Girard
Esther Henwood
Sophie Hirat
Mischa Honnen
Nathalie Jouven
Joelle Juppeau
Isabelle Kevorkian
Catherine Ladousse
Sophie Lambert
Claire Leblanc
Florence Lesavre
Helle Frank Liautaud
Fabienne Lichentin Chelly
Dinah Louda
Marie-Laure Lutier Gonzalez
Dominique Maire
Aurélie Marais-Machurat
Marie-Noelle Maraval
Jackie Martin Lombard
Sophie Meurisse
Pascale Moulin
Marie-Christine Oghly
Elisabeth Ollieric

Martine Partrat
Alexandra Pasquer
Isabelle Pean de Ponfilly
Agnès Peignen
Françoise Pelissier
Nicole Pelletier Perez
Corinne Perot-Reboul
Dominique Poussier
Françoise Prot
Fabienne Ricard
Christiane Robichon
Stephanie Robisson Montillet
Catherine Roger
Evelyne Saëz
Isabelle Schaefer
Brigitte Serrano
Brigitte Silvera
Eglantine Sir
Juliette Teillet
Marie-Christine Thebault-Lacoume
Martine Van Went
Monique Veillerobe
Martine Vidal
Magali Vidal-Engaurran
Anne Wachsmann



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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.

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

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.

Financi'Elles is the leading federation of women's networks for the promotion of gender diversity in the banking, finance, and insurance sector.

Les Pionnières has created and developed a network of business parks and incubators to support and mentor women wishing to set up innovative companies.

Professional Women's Network is an international network for female managers which aims to promote women's career development.

The Women's Forum is an international platform that highlights women's vision and voices with regard to current economic and societal issues.

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.

The life insurance and capitalisation company of the Neuflize OBC bank, Neuflize Vie has been an active sponsor in the cultural domain since its creation.

Wilhelm & Associés, a French independent law firm created in 1995, has joined forces with the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée de l'Orangerie since 2013.

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.

Created in 2010, Marlette markets recipes for bread and patisseries made from organic and natural ingredients.

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