Olympe de Gouges

Olympe de Gouges
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  • 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.
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