Created in 1995 by Margaret Maruani , Mage (Marché du travail et genre/Labor market and gender) was the first CNRS research group focused on gender issues. In 2003, it became the GDRE (Groupement de recherche européen/European research group).

In 2011, Mage turned into an International and multidisciplinary research network. Beyond European borders, it has started several collaborations with universities in Japan, China, Brazil and the United States.

From the beginning, Mage has adopted an international perspective, involving numerous researchers and academics from different countries into all its activities. Its seminars, workshops, conferences and publications have always given an important place to foreign contributions. Moreover, Mage has always worked in a multidisciplinary way.

The purpose of Mage is to bring gender issues out of the limited circle of specialized scholars and integrate them into a larger debate with those who consider that a gendered perspective of the labor market has heuristic virtues.

A biannual journal created in 1999, Travail, genre et sociétés (Work, gender and societies), is attached to Mage. Published by editions La Découverte, it is now available in French and English thought the portal Cairn.