Activity Overview

The role of women in the French Revolution is often overlooked. However, the stories of female political activism are both controversial and fascinating. Moreover, they provide great insight into the limits of enlightenment thinking in 19th century Western Europe.

In this activity, students will analyze cause and effect within the framework of a political/social revolution using the grid layout. In the first column students give examples of the roles women played in the French Revolution. On the other two columns, two questions must be answered for each example:

  1. What motivated this action?
  2. What was the outcome of this action?

Students should consolidate their research on motives and outcomes and explain their storyboard cells in the space provided. The storyboard above is specifically during the Women’s March on Versailles.

Extended Activity

Students can extend this activity by looking at the effect of Napoleon’s rule on women’s rights. Another row of cells could be added to the bottom of this storyboard to explore the motivations and outcomes of Napoleon’s policies regarding women’s rights, or they can create a secondary storyboard.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard detailing the role of women in the French Revolution by analyzing motivations and outcomes.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the first column, identify and describe the different actions women took during the Revolution.
  3. In the second column, describe the motivations behind their actions.
  4. In the third column, describe the outcome of their actions.
  5. Create an illustration for each using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  6. Save and exit when you're done.

Lesson Plan Reference

Image Attributions
  • Rebull, La muerte de Marat • Joaquín Martínez Rosado • License Attribution (
  • Versailles 2012 • contemplicity • License Attribution (
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