The Role Of Women In The French Revolution

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Starting off with the bottom class individuals. I would prefer to be in the French revolution if I was part of the lower class. Although famine, taxes, and inflation were negative externalities of the Revolution, I feel the formation of the new form of government from Third Estate was a history changing revolution to be a part of. They created a document that reflected the rights of every individual, not just the nobility. They earned their freedom and as Locke said, “the government’s purpose is to serve the people, if they fail to do so, the people can abolish the government”. This is exactly what the Bourgeoisie did and it gave the lower class a feeling off equal rights now that they created a document that reflects their interests. I would …show more content…
The French had a different view of woman than the American’s. The French viewed women as biologically and therefore socially different from men, reserved to play domestic roles inside the family. Whereas, woman were active participants in the American Revolution. From supportive jobs like nurses, cooks and maids to more direct roles such as secret soldiers and spies, women did more than their share to help win America’s independence (Brooks). The active role women had showed they were viewed in a different light than women in France. They were viewed not just as servants to men, but also active participants in the fight for freedom. This gave women a sense of entitlement and pride. This is also reflected as women in the U.S. could officially vote in 1920, on the other hand women in France were unable until 1944. My classmates and I had different viewpoints on this. Two of us agreed on the American Revolution for the reasons shared above, my other classmate argued by saying how the group of Woman that showed up to Queen Maria’s palace and demanded she get rid of the bread stash she was believed to have would have been a great sense of setting the groundwork for the new government. However, I disagree because France’s overall view on woman and the famine problem do not outweigh the benefits of being a woman in the American

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