It Starts in the Streets

05.11.2017 / 3:30 p.m.
Cultural Services of the French Embassy
972 Fifth Avenue
New York, United States


Festival Albertine 2017

Curated by pioneering feminist writers and activists Gloria Steinem and Robin Morgan, the fourth annual Festival Albertine will take place from November 1st through 5th, 2017 and offers an opportunity to realize a vital exchange of ideas between leading francophone and U.S.-based thinkers and artists.

The event is a timely new iteration of a longstanding and mutually-energizing dialogue that stretches back to the mid-20th Century, when Simone de Beauvoir published her groundbreaking 1949 book The Second Sex, having traveled across the United States for four months in 1947; and Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique debuted in 1963, inspiring the establishment of the National Organization for Women. In 1972, Ms. magazine’s historic inaugural cover story, “We Had Abortions,” followed the example of French feminists who had signed a petition demanding abortion’s decriminalization. In 1984, de Beauvoir and Morgan joined forces to cofound the Sisterhood Is Global Institute, the first international feminist think tank. 

While the U.S. and France have long produced some of the most influential feminist thinkers and still do, their sometimes diverging perspectives on questions surrounding issues such as religion, childcare, and work-life balance, together with their commonalities, will offer material for fruitful debate.

Events will take place at Albertine Books, located in the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York (972 Fifth Avenue). Festival Albertine is free, open to the public. Seating is limited and works on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be streamed live at


Wednesday, November 1 | 7PM

From the Voting Booth to Your Living Room

A conversation between Christiane Taubira, Gloria Steinem, and Robin Morgan on how the fight for more diverse and inclusive political representation can have a very real impact on our daily lives.

Thursday, November 2 | 7PM

Making the Invisible Visible 

Taking stock of the dangers and crises facing the new media environment, Laure Adler, Soraya Chemaly, and Nassira El Moaddem discuss how to make an individual, group, fact, idea, or chosen identity visible in the current media landscape. Moderated by Lauren Wolfe.

Friday, November 3 | 7PM

Body: Image vs. Reality 

Roxane Gay, Mona Chollet and Camille Morineau explore the struggle to reclaim the integrity of the female body and various representations that reject its objectification and oppression. 

Saturday, November 4 | 5PM

The Politics of Language 

Authors Mary Kathryn Nagle, Marie Darrieussecq, Anne Garréta and Robin Coste Lewis examine the way languages—the very first way we assign a gender to the world around us—shape our actions and opinions. Moderated by Gloria Steinem. 

Saturday, November 4 | 7:30PM

The Politics of Religion 

Wassyla Tamzali, Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur, Annie Laurie Gaylor, and Daisy Khan discuss the influence of religion on women’s lives. Moderated by Robin Morgan.

Sunday, November 5 | 3:30PM

It Starts in the Streets  

The panel will open with a spoken word poetry performance by Staceyann Chin. 

Marie de Cenival, “Frida Kahlo” of the Guerrilla Girls, Houda Benyamina and Tania Bruguera will reflect on the ways that big changes have begun in small places, both through activism and through the arts. Moderated by Elizabeth Sackler. 

Sunday, November 5 | 6PM

An Egalitarian Future 

Caroline de Haas, Elizabeth Diller, Cecile Richards, and Heidi Steltzer will discuss how the equality and welfare of women hold the key to our future. Moderated by Carol Jenkins. 

All events will take place at Albertine at 972 Fifth Avenue and are free and open to the public. All events will be streamed live at and archived at the same address. 

Retrospectives of Carole Roussopoulos and Nathalie Magnan at Anthology Film Archives

From November 5-9, Anthology Film Archives, the international center for film study, preservation, and exhibition in New York, will present rare films by feminists Carole Roussopoulos (1945-2009), a pioneer of activist media in France, and Nathalie Magnan (1956-2016), a media theoretician and champion of cyberfeminism. Follow this link to view the schedule of screenings.

Festival Albertine is made possible with major support from The Recanati-Kaplan Foundation, Susannah Hunnewell, Van Cleef & Arpels, Air France, Fondation CHANEL, and Institut français. Generous support is provided by Champagne Pommery and Intercontinental New York Barclay.