The world is celebrating the International Women's Day on March 8th and in Paris, we’re throwing a huge party to honor women all over the world and in particular, the Parisian women. You should check the event out and register. Also, don’t hesitate to share it with friends. Before this March 8th, we also thought about honoring ladies who are inspiring, paving the way and giving hope to many of Paris-based expatriates. We rounded up powerful profiles of the female community influencers and heroines who are helping women and men persevere and prosper in Paris. Whether their words and daily occupations inspire us or make us laugh, these women have got a profound impact, not only on expat lives, but also on the French people’s lives. Who are they?
US ambassador to the UNESCO
Image courtesy of US mission to the Unesco.
Nominated by President Obama to the position of US Permanent Representative to the UNESCO with the rank of Ambassador on July 9, 2013, Crystal Nix-Hines was later confirmed by the Senate on June 12, 2014. She is exceptionally talented, energetic, and innovative and has been inspiring a lot of women in the US, here in France and most especially among the Expatriate communities in Paris. More on Crystal Nix-Hines can be found here.
The mayor of Paris
Image courtesy of annehidalgo.paris
On her personal website, Anne Hidalgo, the powerful, friendly and fun mayor of Paris, says that she came into politics via common ways, as a simple and normal citizen passionate about humanist convictions. Born in Andalucía in 1959, Anne Hidalgo became French in 1974 after her parents were granted the French citizenship. Her political and citizen engagements are an inspiration to a lot of Paris-based Expatriates. More on Anne can be found here.
UNESCO director General
Irina BOKOVA, image courtesy of UNESCO
Born on July 12th, 1952 in Sofia, Bulgaria, Irina BOKOVA has been the Director-General of the UNESCO since November, 15, 2009 and got reelected for another term in 2013. Irina Bokova is the very first woman to lead this Organization. How did she get there? Hard work and motivation. She graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations, went to the University of Maryland in Washington and the JFK School of Government (Harvard University). She has been a diplomat for so many years. She joined the United Nations Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria in 1977. She has helped a lot in making things happen at the UNESCO, but also at making it possible for her country to join the European Union. Check out her full profile here and get inspired.
US Ambassador in France
Active supporter of the Democratic Party, Jane Hartley, who is also a high ranking American diplomat, was nominated last year to become the next ambassador of the US to France. She’s a busy and powerful woman that inspires a lot Paris-based expatriates. More about Jane Hartley can be found here.
Sweden Ambassador in France
Veronika Wand-Danielsson; image courtesy of her twitter profile
Not as popular as the US ambassador, or the Chistina Cordula (to follow), Veronika Wand-Danielsson is a very bright diplomat with a unique parcours. If you follow her Twitter you’d be amazed by her engagement and friendly attitude towards everything Swedish in France. She’s the Sweden Ambassador to France.
Image courtesy of Christina’s Pinterest page
Who knows how to get into the Parisian Showbiz industry? Well, we’ve never known how it works, but there’s someone form far who figured it out many years ago, mastered it and became a real influencer. If you’ve watched French TV Channels like M6 or TEVA, you’d know who Christina is. She’s a former super-model born in 1964 in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. She’s a TV and radio personality in France, but also a powerful business woman and a writer. Her impact on the Parisian fashion scene is so high that she’s considered by many as the most influential Paris-based Brazilian born woman in the French Showbiz industry.
Message Paris homepage screenshot
Message Paris is a parenting resource for English speaking moms and parents-to-be living in Paris. This community organization includes people that speak English from every all over the world and all walks of life. They provide a social and support network for expectant women, new mothers, fathers, and families with children via a variety of parenting tools that include monthly activities, events, practical advice and more. Grosso modo, Message Paris is an organization that helps women to integrate in Paris.
These are just a few of those women and organizations that inspire us every day in Paris.
Don’t hesitate to name others that we couldn’t mention down in the comments.