The Declaration Of The Rights Of Women Essay

754 Words Sep 25th, 2015 4 Pages
While the two documents are similar in many ways, the Declaration of the Rights of Women differs from the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen primarily in that it specifically states that both men and women are to be protected by the declaration, whereas the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen pretends to use 'man ' to mean 'person ' or 'citizen ' while really meaning 'male citizen '. This difference is immediately evident in Article I: "Woman is born free and lives equal to man in her rights ". The Declaration of the Rights of Women also differs from the Declaration of the Rights Man and Citizen in that explicitly would grant women some of the same political powers and employment opportunities as men: "therefore, she must have the same share in the distribution of positions, employment, offices, honours, and jobs ". In this, as well as in public contribution, de Gouges proposes making the sexes equal. She is not simply advocating for more rights, but also for more of the responsibilities that come with those rights.
A third notable difference between the two documents is de Gouges 's interest in the social misconducts and dishonesty of women, stating that "the married woman can with impunity give bastards to her husband, and also give them wealth which does not belong to them, " though she offers no solution to this and leaves it to men to solve the problem on their own.
By leaving women entirely out of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and…

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