Olympe de Gouges was one of the most radical, militant and defying female activists of the French Revolution. She is perhaps one of the most significant women in the French Revolution. Unfortunately, Olympe De Gouges is also one of the most ignored and forgotten historical figures of that time. In the eighteenth century, men believed that women did not have the capacity or intellect to fully participate in public affairs like men did. However, women like de Gouge did find a way to participate. Olympe de Gouges found a way to broadcasting her political beliefs through writing. De Gouges is one example of a woman who challenged eighteenth century gender limitations through writing. De Gouges dedicated her life to her political beliefs by
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She encouraged, the rumors because she believed that, by tying herself to a Marquis, she could gain her way into the higher social circles that she wanted to be in. Marquis Lefranc of Pompignan, was a well-known author. She believed that by connecting herself to him, she would be able to establish her own reputation as a playwright. Her career as a playwright didn’t take off like she thought it would. It resulted in only insignificant success. De Gouges had terrible punctuation and grammar. She was poorly educated, and could barely read for a good portion of her life. Her little success as a playwright turned her away. However De Gouge didn’t let this stop her or hold her back. She began to work on her writing. She was also greatly affected by current events. And she began to look at political works that helped influence the course of human rights, specifically for women. De Gouges joined the Revolution that swept Paris with the hope that a new Republic would create a just, and equal society and grant new opportunities for women. France was on the verge of an influential and inspiring, revolution, and De Gouges used this time to execute and write her ideas and beliefs.
In 1789, the National Assembly was created, and it provided as a new governmental body. However, the politicians in control were only interested in reforming and preserving the rights of male citizens. The National Assembly in 1789 passed a document called the Declaration of the Rights