Happy Women’s History Month!
To kick off this month, I wanted to share three French women who are making history. We all know the great French women of the past (Marie Curie, Coco Chanel, Brigitte Bardot, etc.). This year, I wanted to share with you the women who will be written about in history books for years to come. These women are strong, smart, and accomplished leaders in their field. Have more to add to this list? Comment below any additional French women who are making history today.
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1. Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet: Politician
Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet is a well known engineer, public figure, advocate, and politician in France. She was a Member of Parliament for 10 years, and ran for the center-right presidential primaries in 2016. She then retired from political life after the 2017 legislative elections. She is well known in France for having served as a cabinet minister under former President Nicolas Sarkozy. She supports marriage equality and is a strong advocate of environmental issues. On top of her extensive political career, she is also an author! She published her book, titled Tu Viens? In 2009. This fascinating essay explores the technological solutions that lie ahead for a society facing climate threats and of the challenges presented by global governance.
2. Laure Adler: Journalist
Laure Adler is a French journalist, writer, publisher and radio and TV producer. She began her career as a secretary at France Culture Radio and after twenty-five years, she worked her way up to become its director! While working at France Culture Radio, she was also a presenter for a political tv show and cultural advisor to former French president François Mitterand.
Adler has written several biographies, including Marie Lafarge, Hannah Arendt and Marguerite Duras (which she won the Prix Femina award for In 1998). She has also cowrote several feminist theory books about art, written papers and articles about French politics and more. She has even written a harrowing novel about the death of her infant son, titled A ce soir (Until Tonight: A Memoir).
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3. Anne Méaux: Businesswoman
Anne Méaux began her career as a politician at the age of 20. She joined the campaign for Valery Giscard d’Estaing in 1974 and was then communications advisor to him and the Union for French Democracy at the National Assembly. She assisted the communications department in assessing the tone of the media in its treatment of government measures. In 1988, after 14 years of political advice, Anne Méaux created her own company, called Image 7. This company has become an important part of the economic, political, cultural and media spheres. Image 7 supports more than 100 clients in the development of their communication strategy throughout France, London and Brussels!
In addition to her poltical work and Image 7, Anne Méaux has created several projects and associations responsible for supporting and promoting women in professional life. These projects include the Force Femmes association, Terrafemina.com website, and in 2005, she contributed to the creation of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society. Anne Méaux has been dubbed by the press as the “high priestess of communication in France.”
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