Éditions des Femmes

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The French feminist publishing house Éditions des Femmes was launched in 1972, mainly by women of the collective Psychoanalysis and Politics led by Antoinette Fouque, with other activists of the MLF, and funded by the patron Sylvina Boissonnas.[1] They offer works written by women, women focused issues related to human rights and women's empowerment, women's creativity and reflection, and also produce audio books.

It's a gamble, a risk taken, that texts written by women, make the language work, make it appear, why not, a sexual difference.

— Antoinette Fouque, The Debate


The statutes of the SARL Women (a company composed of 21 members in equal parts) were filed in December 1972.[2][3][4] The first manager was Yvonne Boissarie. Marie-Claude Grumbach (December 11, 1940 - 1 May 2001) succeeded in June 1974.[5] In 1979, sales of shares are made in favor of members Fouque, Sylvina Boissonnas and Marie-Claude Grumbach, which "represents a significant change; the equality that was the basis of the LLC is broken.".[6]


The editions of women publish French and foreign authors, as well as "writings of yesterday". The different collections are oriented towards the human sciences (psychoanalysis, sociology, philosophy, history), fiction, biography, correspondences, poetry, theater, narrative (testimonials, memoirs), and addresses multiple themes: the feminine condition, lesbianism, feminism, women's history ...

One of the early bestsellers was "Hosto-Blues" by Victoria Thérame and first bestseller was "On the Side of Little Girls" by Elena Gianini Belotti, translated from Italian.[7][8]

Between 1974 and 1979, the writer Hélène Cixous published eight titles of fiction: Souffles; Portrait of Dora; Party; Angst; Wedding Preparations Beyond the Abyss; Oedipus' name, Song of the Forbidden Body; Anankè and Live Orange.[9]

In 1993 the publisher released a photo album "Catherine Deneuve, Selected Portraits", of the actress with 28 photographers to benefit the fight against AIDS, under the editorship of Antoinette Fouque and Jean-Pierre Lavoignat for Studio Magazine.[10]

In December 2013, the publisher issues "The Universal Dictionary of Creative Women," edited by Béatrice Didier, Antoinette Fouque and Mireille Calle-Gruber.

Published authors[edit]

Non-exhaustive list of authors published by women's editions:

Literary awards[edit]

Selected list of awarded works:

  • Friendship Award Franco-Arab in 1982 awarded Ferdaous, a voice from hell and The Hidden Face of Eve by Nawal el Saadawi.
  • Jean Macé Prize for Teaching 1982 awarded to Staboulkash of Victoria Thérame .
  • Price of the Franco-Arab friendship in 1996 and prices Palestine Mahmoud Hamshari 1997 attributed to Peace to the inside. Palestine-Israel of Hanane Ashraoui.

Other publications[edit]

The Women's group also published newspapers: Women's Daily (irregular publication from November 1974 to June 1976), Women in Motion magazine monthly (December 1977 to January 1979) and weekly (101 issues with interruption, October 1979) to July 1982).[11]


In 1980, Antoinette Fouque launched a collection of audio books:

At the time, there were none in France and very little, either, elsewhere. I wanted to dedicate these first talking books to my mother, daughter of emigrants, who never went to school, and to my daughter who was still complaining of not being able to read, and to all those who forbade and inhibition find neither the time nor the freedom to take a book. I think that by the ear we can go very far ... We may not have begun to think the voice yet. A voice is the Orient of the text, its beginning. The reading must liberate, make heard the voice of the text - which is not the voice of the author - which is his matrix voice, which is in him as in the tales the genie is in the bottle. Voice genius, genital, genitor of the text.

Among the famous performers who created the audiobooks, are the actors Isabelle Adjani, Fanny Ardant, Pierre Arditi, Nathalie Baye, Charles Berling, Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Depardieu, Isabelle Huppert, Jeanne Moreau, among others) and writers (Yves Bonnefoy, Jacques Derrida, Marguerite Duras, Julien Gracq, Nathalie Sarraute, and others.

Bookstore and women's gallery[edit]

The first bookstore "Women" was inaugurated in Paris on May 30, 1974 at 68 rue des Saints-Pères [12] which transferred to rue de Seine in 1981, where it includes an art gallery hosted by Marie Dedieu,[13] which exhibits artists such as Sonia Delaunay, Milvia Maglione Françoise Martinelli, Kate Millett, Michele Knoblauch, Sophie Clavel, Tina Modotti , Claude Batho, Ilse Bing, Louise Nevelson, June Wayne, Popy Moreni, Mary Orensanz, Colette Alvarez-Urbajtel [14] This bookshop-gallery closed in 1999, and reopened in rue Jacob, accompanied by a "women's space".

In 1976, a women's bookstore was opened in Marseille, and another in Lyon in 1977, but closed thereafter.

See also[edit]


  • Annie Dizier-Metz, History of a Woman, Memory of Women, The Marguerite Durand Library, 1992.
  • Sylvina Boissonnas (eds.), Women's Memory 1974-2004. For 30 years women have been publishing ... , women's edition, 2006, third edition.
  • Bibia Pavard, Women's Publishing. History of the first years, 1972-1979, L'Harmattan, 2005.
  • MLF Generation, Women's Issues, 2008.
  • MLF generation, ed. Women, Paris, 2008, p. 160 .
  • "Marie Dedieu, feminist pioneer" on Le Monde.fr (accessed February 27, 2018) [archive]
  • Facsimile catalog of women's gallery 1981-1982, For thirty years women publish, ed. Women, Paris, 2004, p. 352-403.
  • MLF generation, collective, ed. Women, 2008, p. 225 .
  • Kate Millett, Going to Iran, photographs of Sophie Keir Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, New York, 1982; In Iran, ed. women, 1979.
  • Jean Gueyras, Manifestations of women bring Ayatollah Khomeini to nuance its position on the "Islamic veil", Le Monde, March 13, 1979, p. 4.
  • Dominique Pouchin, Western feminists mobilize, Le Monde, March 22, 1979, p. 6.
  • Kate Millett, Going to Iran, in Iran, op. cit.
  • Claudine Mulard, "Tehran, March 1979 with camera and without veil, shooting Journal," Modern Times no. 661, November–December 2010, p. 161-177.
  • Mahnaz Matine, Nasser Mohajer, Iranian Women's Uprising, March 8, 1979, Noghteh Books, 2010 (ISBN 978-0-9828408-0-1).


  1. ^ Bibia Pavard, Les éditions Des femmes, Histoire des premières années 1972-1979, L'Harmattan, 2005.
  2. ^ Index des sources, Bibia Pavard, op. cit.
  3. ^ La société est une Sarl composée de 21 sociétaires à parts égales, Conférence de presse annonçant la sortie des trois premiers livres, 17 avril 1974, Catalogue Des femmes 1974-2004, p. 52-56
  4. ^ Les 21 premières sociétaires des éditions Des femmes sont: Yvonne Boissarie, Thérèse Boissarie, Sylvina Boissonnas, Françoise Borie, Josiane Chanel, Françoise Clavel, Acacia Condès, Martine Dombrovsky, Brigitte Galtier, Fanny Gimborg, Antoinette Grugnardi Fouque, Catherine Grunfeder, Juliette Kahane, Marie Dedieu, Marie-Claude Grumbach, Raymonde Lecontel, Hélène Rouch, Elisabeth Salvarési, Marine Scarnati, Hélène Giraud, Claude Vacheret (Enregistrement SARL Des Femmes au Greffe du Tribunal de Commerce de Paris, 11 décembre 1972)
  5. ^ Bibia Pavard, op. cit., p. 96.
  6. ^ Bibia Pavard, op. cit., p. 96
  7. ^ Depuis 30 ans, des femmes éditent…, éd. des femmes, 2004.
  8. ^ Bibia Pavard, op.cit.
  9. ^ Catalogue, Des femmes 1974-1979.
  10. ^ The book was composed of photographs from an exhibition at the Pavilion of the Arts in Paris in November 1990, under the auspices of Studio Magazine.
  11. ^ Génération MLF, éditions des femmes, 2008.
  12. ^ Génération MLF', éd. Des femmes, Paris, 2008, p. 160.
  13. ^ "Marie Dedieu, pionnière féministe". Le Monde.fr (in French). Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  14. ^ Fac-similé du catalogue de la Galerie des femmes 1981-1982, Depuis trente ans des femmes éditent, éd. Des femmes, Paris, 2004, p. 352-403.