Female creators now have their own dictionary
The brainchild of Antoinette Fouque, co-founder of the French Women’s Liberation Movement (Mouvement de libération des femmes), the Universal Dictionary of Female Creators (Dictionnaire universel des créatrices) encompasses 40 centuries of female creativity.
A veritable encyclopaedia in three volumes, sponsored by Unesco and prefaced by Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN agency, this project was inspired by the need to shine a spotlight on the creativity of women, across the world and throughout history, and to draw attention to their contribution to civilisation. More than ten thousand women creators who made their mark in their respective centuries - in areas as diverse as literature and the arts, the social sciences, history, politics, economics, sport, science and exploration - are showcased in this work.
While the piece “The place of women in European music and cinema”, written by the Laboratoire de l'Egalité (an organisation that promotes gender equality in France) in partnership with Vivendi, bemoans the scarcity of female role models and the low profile of women in the cultural arena, the Universal Dictionary of Female Creators does them justice and gives them pride of place in a work that is almost 5,000 pages long and entirely dedicated to them.
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The Universal Dictionary of Female Creators:
Co-authors: Béatrice Didier, Antoinette Fouque and Mireille Calle-Gruber
Editions des femmes, November 2013
Initial letters designed by Sonia Rykiel
3 volumes, 4,800 pages