Women of Paris
Literary Left Bank - Virtual Tour Experience
Want to virtually walk the Parisian streets?
See and feel the history of the city through a unique lens?
Come join us online!
Simone de Beauvoir
Friday, April 9th, 2021
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT
2:00 PM CDT, 1:00 PM MDT, 12:00 PM PDT, 21:00 CEST
Virtual via Zoom
Zoom Link to be emailed approximately one hour prior to start time.
5:00 PM EDT Optional 30-minute Networking Session to Introduce Yourself!
Our virtual tour experience is educational, interactive, and so much fun! Over Zoom we shed light on the lives and achievements of female writers in Paris, intertwining their stories with the geographical, political, and cultural changes of the city throughout its history. You'll be treated with views of the charming Saint Germain-des-Prés district and the fascinating lives of brilliant women like Colette, George Sand, and Simone de Beauvoir, just to name a few!
Prepare le goûter or l'apéro to enjoy during the event and kick off your weekend with the FACC!
Registration Closes 4/9 at 1:00 PM or sooner when event sells out!
1 registration per computer or smartphone
Multiple guests in your home may join you around the computer at no additional charge.
$20 per Non-Member
$10 per FACC Member Home
$10 per Alliance Française Member
Free for College/University Students,
but you must register before the deadline with your school email.
If you expect to have your spouse, live-in parent(s), young professional, or college/university student and/or adult children participate, there will be a field on the registration form to add their name, title, company, as applicable or email by 4/9/21 at 1 PM, and we will add them to the Guest Roster which will be distributed to all participants before the event.
All are welcome to participate in the 30-minute networking session, starting at 5:00 PM EDT, when we will take turns introducing ourselves. If time permits, we will propose a topic of conversation for discussion. Participants may share their email in the Zoom chat to make a connection with the other participants or contact info@FACCphila.org after the event for an introduction via email.
Hello! I’m Heidi – Paris tour guide and creator of the Women of Paris Walks. I made the move over to Paris from London in search of a new adventure in the French capital where I began guiding. Through guiding my love for Paris blossomed; I developed a fascination for all things French and a genuine joy for what I was doing.
I was inspired to create the Essential Women of Paris walk when I realised that this is a grossly neglected topic in Paris tourism. Typical tours of the city are dominated by great men (Napoleon, Louis XIV, Victor Hugo etc) and often don’t include much reference to great women. Or, if they do mention women, it is often in a negative light.
After realising this and feeling disheartened I decided to make a change and create something relevant for our time – an evolving world in which patriarchal history is being challenged. As soon as I began researching, I was amazed by the rich diversity of names I was coming across, from Josephine Baker to Marie Curie. I hope that this tour will reveal a new side to Paris, already such a beloved city, and I hope that it will enrich Paris tourism by creating an awareness of some of the incredible women who have impacted the city.
Let’s consider the facts: France has never had a female monarch or president. Women didn’t get the vote here until much later than many of France’s European counterparts. This is the capital city of a country that has been ruled by men and its history largely dictated by a male voice. The women we do hear about are very often wives, mistresses or muses to great kings, writers or artists. Throughout history, women have very often been sexualised, objectified, but not all that frequently recognised for their own achievements.
In the past, Paris has been likened to a female muse, inspiring the many great male artists and writers who made their names here. But what about the women who lived here? What was Paris for them? Isn’t it time we heard their voices too?
For more information, please visit: https://www.womenofparis.fr/