In Larousse, virago means a woman with a masculine, authoritarian and garish appearance. But Aude Gogny-Goubert wants to retain the original definition of the word which means “a warrior woman, strong, brave and courageous”. “But like most definitions concerning women, they became negative in the 19th century, so I wanted to rehabilitate the positive version of the word”, explains the actress and director.
The book V like Virago presents more than 70 portraits of women who are not necessarily famous, but who have done great things. It is the adaptation of a series broadcast on Aude Gogny-Goubert's YouTube channel. “It is important because I think that identification gives birth to a vocation. If we give very strong female models to young girls, we open up paths for them. In all areas, women are hardly visible, I have want to show that there are extraordinary women who have transcended their culture, their social environment, their time to do fabulous things“, develops Aude Gogny-Goubert.
And to cite as an example: “Alice Guy, it is the first person to have made a fiction film in 1896 before Georges Méliès. It is a woman and one retained in history only Méliès“, she underlines.
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