France's National Constituent Assembly gathers during the French Revolution
Gentleman! We must right a declaration of human civil rights. It shall be called The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen.
Olympe de Gouges sits in her study, reading the declaration
Outrageous! This mentions nothing about the rights of women! There must be something I can do.
She writes her own version of the declaration titled Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Female Citizen. This was almost a parody of the original document, and explained that women should not be oppressed because of their sex, and that African Americans should not be slaves.
Unfortunately, the radicals of France did not agree with her ideas and executed her.
However, her ideas of equality spread quickly throughout Europe and inspired Mary Wollstonecraft to write A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: with Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects. Works such as this one and others eventually helped lead to equality.
Olympe de Gouges influenced the questioned views of women and slaves during and after the French Revolution. Her works called for equality and contributed greatly to the Enlightenment.