Musée d'Orsay: Make a commitment! Join the Women Patrons Circle!

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 Cercle InterElles, COM-ENT, Femmes Business Angels, the Femmes Chefs d'Entreprises (French Association of Women CEOs), Financi’Elles, the Fédération Premières, 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, a behind-the-scenes discovery of the museum, etramural exhibitions, lectures 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 8 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)

Catherine Abonnenc
Sophie Balsarin
Vincent Baumont
Cécile Bernheim
Véronique Bertaux
Isabelle Blin
Jeanne Boillet
Carine Boisselet
Rosie Bordet-Adone
Charlotte Bosc
Florence Boursier
Bénédicte Brouard
Deborah Brown Pivain
Hélène Cataix
Felicitas Cavagné
Isabelle Coornaert
Chantal Corbet
Christine Crépaux-Rougerie

Christine de Courson
Patricia Donnelly
Sandrine Durgeau
Agnès Fourcade
Fatiha Gas
Johannah Gay
Marie Géléoc
Pierre Jean Géléoc
Maryse Gontier
Kendebrha Goyi
Sabine Goyot
Marie-Sixte Imbert
Marie-Laure Irion
Catherine Ladousse
Sophie Lambert
Fabienne Lichentin Chelly
Dominique Maire
Pascale Moulin
Florianne Moussigné

Marie-Christine Oghly
Agnès Peignen
Françoise Pelissier
Nicole Pelletier Perez
Corinne Perot-Reboul
Françoise Prot
Anne Pruvot
Sabine Quéré
Sabrina Recoules Quang
Florence Richardson
Nathalie Sauvanet
Domitille Tabary
Marie Thebault-Lacoume
Marianne Tordeux
Martine Van Went
Monique Veillerobe
Isabelle Wormser

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Partners of the Women Patrons Circle

Partner network

Sponsors and partners

We would like to thank the businesses that sponsor the Circle: Conqueed, Opleo Avocats, Intesa San Paolo, Neotopics and Unique Experiences (2018), Giorgio Armani and Opleo Avocats (2017), Wilhelm & Associés (2016), Neuflize Vie (2015), Empreinte (2014), DPConsulting (2013) and Mondotv (2013).

We would also like to thank the partners who have given their support to events run by the Circle: Aesop, Marie Claire and Marlette.

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