Lauren Bastide used to be editor in chief of French Elle magazine and co-hosted one of France’s classic access prime-time television talk-shows on Canal+.
Last year, she founded « Nouvelles Ecoutes » (literally: « New Ways to Listen »), a podcast production company. Lauren personally hosts one of their podcast, called « La Poudre » (The Powder), in which she interviews successful women for them to tell us about their lives and ideas about society. With around 1 million downloads, it is the #1 independent podcast in the country.
In the past few years, Lauren has become one of the most prominent feminist figure in France, reaching several hundred thousand people through her podcast and social networks, having a real political impact. She is a regular guest of most French media, where she raises the general public awareness of feminist issues while asking political powers to act on it. This week alone, she has been asked to share her views in front of the French National Assembly and, as spokeswomen for French association of women journalists « Prenons la Une » (« Make the headlines ») is having a discussion about it with the Women’s right minister. She is also a writer and holds a Gender Studies degree from Paris 8 University.
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