Marie Gouges Fight For Equal Rights

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Author: Marie Gouges (7 May 1748 - 3 November 1793) was one of the first women to fight for equal rights. Although she was born Marie Gouges, she went by the name of Olympe Deauges because she did not want to be recognize as a widow when she got married and wanted to start another life in Paris with a different name that she choose from a combination of her mother and father’s name. Born in Montauban, Quercy in the south of France, De Gouges was not your typical woman. She shorty found admiration for politics and fought for people that had gone through the same situation that she was in, born without knowing her real father and hearing rumors about her illegitimacy. Gouges was born into a modest family. Her father ,Pierre Gouze was a butcher. …show more content…
She fought for her opinion and made sure that every one knew that women were as equal as men. She joined many organizations that influenced women, and brought to the attention that what the government was doing was cruel. Gouges fought to be heard and to make a name for herself. She published her work, Declaration of the rights of Woman and of the Citizen in 1791. This work reflected her opinion about equal rights and that women should have opportunities, education and employment. Gouges’ rebellious ways were influenced by her past and how she grew up, she just wanted to express what she felt was right. She put herself in danger of execution on November 3, 1793, and did not care. Olympe De Gouges stood strongly behind her words, fought until the end, and reminded true to her …show more content…
Aside from her enemies she remained patient and never quit. She fought for the rights of women that were discriminated against day by day. Although she was not an educated women and had difficulties in writing, that never stopped her. She wrote many influential pieces that reflected on human rights, mostly those of women. One of her writings that expressed this idea was the Declaration of the rights of Woman and of the Citizen that was published in 1791. Many thought she was crazy for exposing herself in such matters, but she was determined to get her word out because she knew it was the right thing to do. She fought until the end for her beliefs and this influenced many to understand that what she was saying was right.She felt that men and women should be treated equally because despite of their gender, they are human beings and the same respect should be given to everyone. Olympe De Gouges was a brave women that influenced many and fought for what was

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