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Celebrating Women's History Month

Gloria Steinem by Annie Leibovitz

March is Women's History Month, an annual celebration of women's achievements and contributions to society. Through a myriad of feminist perspectives, these Francophone or Francophile authors, artists, and intellectuals explore some of the most prominent issues related to women's empowerment and representation. Check out the exciting content below that highlights female voices and brings feminism to the forefront.

Gender Equality: Testimonies from Women in Leadership

There's no limit to what we can accomplish togetherUnidosUS Blog

Celebrate International Women's Day on March 8th with Gender Equality: Testimonies from Women in Leadership, a panel discussion organized by the Embassy of France and the Embassy of Mexico in the U.S. Moderated by Steve Clemons of The Hill, this event will bring together Alice Albright, CEO of Global Partnership for Education, Janet Murguia, President & CEO of UnidosUS, Cecile Richards, Activist and Co-founder of Supermajority, and Teresa Romero, President of United Farm Workers

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IFCinema Presents Culottées

On March 8th, for one day only, IFCinema will stream five episodes of France's popular biographical TV show Culottées (Brazen). An adaptation of Pénélope Bagieu's best-selling graphic novel, Brazen highlights the achievements of bold, boundary-defying women throughout history. Episodes will be available free of charge and without registration.

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Sex, Love, and Letters: Writing Simone de Beauvoir 

Tune in on March 16th for an exciting panel discussion on Judith Coffin's new book Sex, Love, and Lettersthe first study of a virtually unexplored cache of letters to French feminist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir from her international readers. The book traces this unique author-reader relationship over several decades, from Beauvoir's The Second Sex (1949) through four volumes of autobiography. Panelists will discuss letters as a historical source and what they can reveal about writing, philosophy, and transformations of the self. 

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Thinking with Julia Kristeva

On March 16th, NYU's Maison Française will host an exciting roundtable discussion on the writings of Bulgarian-French philosopher and feminist Julia Kristeva. Panelists will examine the life and work of this acclaimed author before Kristeva herself joins in for a conversation on philosophy. 

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The Power of My Hands: Museum of Modern Art of Paris

Until May 30, 2021, the Museum of Modern Art of Paris presents The Power of My Hands, a contemporary art exhibition showcasing the world from an African perspective. Featuring the work of 16 women artists, this exhibition employs a collection of personal stories to address themes of sexuality, the body, self-representation, maternity, and belief. 

Feminism Has No Boundaries: Festival Albertine 2017

Curated by pioneering feminist writers and activists Gloria Steinem and Robin Morgan, our fourth edition of Festival Albertine brought together leading francophone and U.S.-based thinkers and artists to explore the theme of feminism. From visibility in the media to the politics of language, participants offered their thoughts on the most prominent feminist issues of our time. 

Rewatch all of these thought-provoking conversations on our Livestream channel.

Gloria Steinem on The Thing About France Podcast

Feminist journalist and women's rights activist Gloria Steinem joined former Cultural Counselor Bénédicte de Montlaur for a unique conversation on politics and feminism. Steinem explored an array of interesting topics, including the difference between French and American feminism, advice for her 20-year-old self, and the idea of Paris as a village.  

Listen on Apple PodcastsSpotifySoundCloud, and at thethingaboutfrance.com. Read more here. 

Roxanne Varza on FrancoFiles Podcast

The French Embassy's FrancoFiles podcast highlights cultural connections and transatlantic collaborations between France and the United States. Episode 3 of Season 2 features Roxanne Varza, Director of Station F in Paris. Listen in as Varza discusses the lessons she has learned in her role, including the importance of empowering female entrepreneurs to obtain the equal recognition they deserve. 

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and franceintheus.org

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