Feminism In The French Revolution Essay

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French Revolution Feminism Despite the various events that happened during the French Revolution, such as the fall of Bastille, March on Versailles, and the Reign of Terror, women still prevailed and fought for their rights in a sexist and misogynist world. On October 4, 1789, a crowd of women marched towards Versailles demanding bread for their families. Fewer than two years later, in 1791, Marie Gouze, or better known as Olympes de Gouges, proposed a reform platform to the French National Assembly called the Declaration of the Rights of Woman. She called for complete freedom of speech, right to vote, and the opportunity to be in public office. Over the next three years, women such as Etta Palm d 'Aelders, Olympes de Gouges, Pauline Leon, …show more content…
For the murder of Marat, Corday proclaimed she was a savior of her country, but was still accused of murdering in cold blood. Corday believed that intervention was necessary to change the course of events, but the reaction of the death of Marat caused more bloodshed than foreseen. Once inside Marat’s room, in order to gain leverage and trust, Corday sat with Marat for fifteen minutes explaining how fugitives in Caen were scheming to crush the Jacobins. When Marat began to write down names, she stood up and stabbed Marat, penetrating a lung and carotid artery, which killed him within seconds. Corday waited for the police to come and was arrested immediately. She was taken to the guillotine four days …show more content…
All of the women in the French Revolution influenced not only other French women in the 1700’s, they were setting examples for other women’s rights activists such as Susan B. Anthony, Malala Yousafzai, Alice Walker, and Jeannette Rankin. By rebelling against their expected roles, they used minimal power to publish articles, fight in battles, and compile their own opinions. Although their proposals and efforts were often rejected, the women of the French Revolution were never less than

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