Olympe de Gouges

During the French Revolution, women took a much more active role, especially in their efforts to attain equal rights and to be included in France’s new constitution. In October of 1789, 7,000 armed women marched on Versailles which eventually forced King Louis XVI to recognize the power of the Third Estate, or the National Assembly.

¬†One woman by the name of Olympe de Gouges, became a well-known symbol for equal rights for women. She was a commoner and self-educated, but she was responsible for the Declaration of the Rights of Women, which was like the newly written Declaration of the Rights of Men, but replaced all the words “man” in the document with “woman.” Eventually Olympe de Gouges was executed because she had spoken out for Queen Marie Antoinette who was executed at the guillotine.

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