Sun 2 May

Women Shaping the World – The Podcast

Women Shaping The World

The Woman Shaping the World podcast questions the links between feminism and culture in France and in the UK. How do culture and pop culture influence political and social change? How do artists, authors, filmmakers, and theatre directors integrate feminist issues into their work?

France has a long history of feminism. In the wake of the Second World War, it was at the forefront of what is now called the Second Wave of Feminism, with influential intellectuals and politicians such as Simone de Beauvoir or Simone Weil. Since then, feminism has evolved a lot, especially in the UK and the US, but we are still far from full equity.

Each month, we invite two influential voices to discuss the intricate links between feminist topics and culture, and hopefully pave the way to a better understanding of the issues at stake.

Episode 1: Lifting Women’s Voices with Kate Mosse and Ariane Geffard

photo © Ruth Crafer

When bestselling author Kate Mosse launched the Women’s Prize of Fiction, she was trying to resolve a seemingly impossible puzzle: how was it that women made up a vast majority of the readership, and yet only a very small minority of the authors who were short-listed for literary prizes? Twenty-five years later, with prize-winning authors such as Lionel Shriver, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche or Ali Smith, the Women’s Prize for Fiction has proven to be a reference for millions of readers.

In France, publishing companies are only just starting to wake-up to the idea that other stories are worth telling. Since the creation of her agency, feminist literary agent Ariane Geffard has changed the game, one bestseller after another, giving voice to marginalised authors and shedding light on the work of many new, different artists.

Hosted by Clémence Rebourg (Institut français), this podcast explores how to lift women’s voices in the publishing world.
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