A fed-up British tour guide noted that only the male contributors and figures from all areas of France are what most French tour guides highlight in their tours. She then created her own tour called "Women of Paris," focusing on the contributions of French women who had significant contribution to the forging of history.
According to Lonely Planet, British Tour Guide Heidi Evans said she was tired of presenting Napoleon, Louis XIV and other male figures who had contributed to France's history and culture. Evans then researched and highlighted the city's most amazing and notable women.
Her tour includes French physicist and chemist Marie Curie who discovered radioactivity and polonium, French iconic female philosopher Simone de Beauvoir, and the heroic Joan of Arc.
The Independent UK Correspondent Laura Goodman, who took Evans' tour of "Women of Paris," observed that most participants of the tour are women. Evan's tour that begins in the Left Bank and as they progress, she "unravels stories of incredible women at every turn of the city." Goodman met with Evans and other tour guests in the Les Deux Magots, where notable artists including Pablo Picasso and new age philosophers like Jean-Paul Sartre had stayed.
Evans also includes in her tours Antoinette Fouque's "Editions Des Femmes," which feature ideological authors and their books regarding the French women's liberation movement. In favor of Beauvoir, Evans does not explain about Sartre. In the Les Deux Magots, she pointed to where the famous female philosopher sat and wrote her ideas.
The Culture Trip noted that another famous historic women of France which could be included in the tour is Marie de Medicis, a 16th century Queen of France, who is known for her contribution to French art's revolution. She encouraged and prized the work of Peter Paul Rubens and other Italian painters to live and adorn Paris. Another on their list is the 19th century silent film star Sarah Berndhart, who became an international idol and contributed to the presence of women in France's performing arts.
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