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Gender Equality Week 2022 – The Big Picture: Art & Gender

Equality - Diversity - Disability Article published on 18 February 2022 , Updated on 14 April 2022

For the seventh year in a row, Université Paris-Saclay is organising a Gender Equality week from 7-11 March 2022 to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March. The theme of this year’s edition is “The Big Picture: Art & Gender”.

In 1989, the Guerrilla Girls protested on the streets of New York with posters asking, “Do women have to be naked to get in the Met. Museum? Less than 5% of artists in the Modern Art Sections are women but 85% of the nudes are female.” In the world of art, women are often muses, idealised and sexualised by the men they inspire. But what about women artists?

The programme

  • 7 March from 1pm-2.30pm, inauguration of the exhibition “The Big Picture: Art and Gender”, (L’art se joue des genres) at the University’s Library, invitation only.
  • 7-11 March, the “Sexism’s not our style” (Sexisme pas notre genre) exhibition by Catel with Université Paris-Saclay, on all of AgroParisTech’s campuses
  • 8 March from 2pm-4.30pm, “Harassment in public”, Sceaux Technical Institute (IUT), for students only

Talk from the transport operator, RATP, from 2-3pm with Sandrine Charnoz, coordinator for fighting sexual harassment on public transport

Introduction to self-defence from 2-4pm with Loïc Le Botte, self-defence teacher with ASESCO-SUAPS

  • Tuesday 8 March, 1-2.30pm, conference on diversity and inclusion organised by EUGLOH (European University Alliance for Global Health), “What does it mean to be a woman at University today?” Register here.
  • Tuesday 8 March, 5.30-7.30pm, room E100 at CentraleSupélec, Bouygues Building, the Department for Business Relations and Development, the gender equality advisors and the student association ÇaPèse at CentraleSupélec are organising a round table discussion on professional gender equality among engineers.
  • Online conference on “Sexism: the perspective of cognitive science” at ENS Paris-Saclay, on Tuesday 29 March from 6.30pm-8pm, with Marie Lacroix. Register here
  • During the week of the 28 March (date to be confirmed), a debate and talk about Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) and consent, with Marie Gervais, author of the book Il me tue cet amour (Massot, 2020), and Maëlle Bernard, psychology student and author of the book Histoire du consentement (Arkhe, 2021)
  • The exhibition “Plural Infinities” (Infinités plurielles) by Marie-Hélène Le Ny will run throughout the month of March at the Institut d’Optique Graduate School
  • Disposable and reusable sanitary products will be distributed throughout the month of March to beneficiaries of the Agorae solidarity grocery store


 “The Big Picture: Art and Gender” Exhibition by Catel

This year, the illustrator Catel and Université Paris-Saclay invite you to discover an exhibition dedicated to gender and art. From architecture to video games, meet the pioneering women that history forgot.

The exhibition will be available from 7 March at the University’s Library, rue du Doyen-Poitou 91405, Orsay (Building 407)

Explore Catel and Université Paris-Saclay’s previous exhibitions

Download the communication pack for the Gender Equality Week


Gender-inclusive language: a practical guide 

On 1 January 2019, it was reported that 51.5% of the 66.9 million people living in France (including Mayotte) were women. And yet, this majority is not represented in the gendered French language today. Languages change and evolve to reflect society. This is why the University supports the initiative to make the French language gender-inclusive in daily life. While using feminine forms of job titles is currently recommended, gender-inclusive language is not used in official texts. The University’s guide to gender-inclusive language offers a practical introduction to the principles of this form of communication.

Guide available soon (in French)

1) Source: Insee, Situation démographique et bilan démographique 2018.