For the WICE Blog’s Up Close and Personal series, long term Member and Volunteer, Jill Bourdais, discusses the origins of WICE and shares her experiences as the organization has evolved over the years.
|Jill receiving flowers at a Gala from Carol Allen, a former WICE President.|
|A WICE member painted the mural pictured |
in the former WICE Office's inner courtyard
Over the years, WICE’s purpose and mission gradually changed. As WICE grew more successful, culture-based courses, such as Art History, French History, and Creative Writing, were added to the career-based curriculum. As these courses grew in popularity, WICE opened up to men and began to serve the entire Anglophone expat community in Paris. Simultaneously, the world changed too. With the proliferation of personal computers and widespread internet access, it was no longer necessary for people to seek out a resource center for information. Information that had been previously difficult to obtain, now became available at a click of the mouse. As it also became easier for women to find jobs and pursue their careers, WICE’s focus on career development for women was no longer a priority.
Today, WICE’s mission has evolved to providing cultural education and social events to its members.