Born on May 5, 1884 in Nantes and died on May 19, 1957 in Paris, Alice Milliat was the first international leader of women's sport. She was a sportive woman, she practiced rowing at a high level and tried her hand at swimming and field hockey.
She became President of the Femina-Sport club in 1915 and was one of the founders of the Fédération des Sociétés Féminines Sportives de France (a former Federation bringing together female sports clubs) in 1917. She became President in 1919. Faced with intertia of sports federations to include women in the sports' world, Alice Milliat thought bigger and founded the International Women's Sports Federation in 1921.