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Celebrating women in Paris Region

Be it as magnificent artists, committed activists, brilliant scientists or Michelin-starred chefs, women have made, and continue to make, a sizeable mark on Paris Region.
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On Sunday 8 March, Paris Region celebrates International Women’s Rights Day. Discover our 5 inspired and inspiring women’s journeys.

A story of women

Let us begin by retracing the history of this day devoted to the fight for gender equality.

It all began in the early 20th century, with female workers from all countries demanding better working conditions and the right to vote. It became a global tradition after the Second World War, expanded with the feminist movements of the 1970s, and was officially recognised by France in 1982.

The invisible woman

Though the iconic female figure of Marianne has been the embodiment the French Republic since the Revolution, women remain under-represented in the public space.

Today, only 300 of Paris’s 6,000 streets are named after famous women, while just three metro stations honour noteworthy females.

Nine if we cheat a little and include “Abbesses” and the stations with “Notre-Dame de…” (“Our Lady of…”) in their name.

Female accomplishments in the spotlight

In the Paris Region, we make a point of showcasing the illustrious and sometimes little-known women who have made and continue to make our region such a unique and remarkable place.

Buste de Marianne

We are proud of our female heritage and we want to share it.

So, to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March 2020, discover the work of female artists at the best exhibitions of the moment, from the impressive Berthe Morisot at the Musée Marmottan Monet to the prolific Cindy Sherman at the Fondation Louis Vuitton; from Claudia Andujar at the Fondation Cartier to Jeanne-Claude, better known as one of half of creative duo Christo with her husband, at the Centre Pompidou.

Retrace the steps of female activists Louise Michel, Bertie Albrecht and Simone Veil, whose unwavering commitment to their causes has left a lasting mark on the history of Paris and its region.

Finally, savour the delicacies of stellar chefs Hélène Darroze, Amandine Chaignot, Stéphanie le Quellec and Julia Sedefdjian, who are reinventing Parisian cuisine.

Retrace the steps of inspiring women or heroines