Increasingly, Women Are Running the World’s Great Museums

When Laurence des Cars was appointed president-director of the Louvre in 2021, it was a historic marker. The world’s most visited museum had a woman in charge for the first time since it was founded in 1793.

“Top jobs are symbols,” Ms. des Cars said recently in an interview. “And I take the symbol very seriously.”

At the time, she already held an important lead role at a major institution, running the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, but the reaction to the Louvre news surprised her for what she called the “intensity and worldwide echo of the announcement.”

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