Since 2017, the Ministry of Culture has implemented concrete actions to combat gender inequalities.

TheObservatory equality between women and men in culture and communication, which, since 2013, measures the share of women in the administration, institutions and cultural and media enterprises, is fully part of this movement. Born of a desire to objectify the place of women in the professions, access to the means of production and artistic consecration, the Observatory allows to measure the progress made but also to identify the sectors where the obstacles persist.

This year, the tenth edition of theObservatory, on the occasion of International Women’s Rights Day on 8 March 2022.

This new edition of the 2021 figures and data shows that parity is on track to be achieved at the Ministry of Culture, within national operators and in public broadcasting. This includes:

  • 38%[1]  women at the head of public institutions of culture (against 30% in 2017);
  • 41% of women directors of cultural affairs (DRAC) (against 24% in 2017);
  • 68% of women in the management of the 41 national museums (against 47% in 2017);
  • 3 of the 5 chairmanships of public broadcasting companies held by women.

A disparate situation according to the sectors: 36% of women run the institutions of artistic creation supported by the Ministry of Culture, 7 points more than in 2017. Thus, women outnumber men at the head of Frac and art centers. The national drama centres, meanwhile, recorded a clear increase: 42% of women at their head compared to 21% in 2017. On the other hand, efforts must be continued for national centres of musical creation, national choreographic centres, operas and contemporary music scenes.

Regarding women’s access to the means of creation and production, in the film sector, 40% of the advances on revenues were allocated by the CNC to women directors (against 32% in 2017) and in live performance, 36% of decentralized aid was allocated to women (compared to 33% in 2018).

The Observatory and full figures are available here.

(1) 41% as of February 1, 2022 with new appointments