Women’s Role in the French Revolution

In pre-Revolutionary France, women had no political rights. They were seen as “passive” people who relied on men to decide what was good for them. However, that changed drastically. Feminism emerged in Paris and many women were demanding for political, economic and social reforms. The women were demanding equality to men. They fought against male domination using pamphlets and women’s clubs such as the Society of Revolutionary Republican Women..

When the Revolution begun, some women hit forcefully, using the unstable political climate to proclaim their active nature. In that period, women could not be kept away from the political sphere. They used to swear oaths of loyalty and affirmations of the political responsibilities of citizenship.

Throughout the revolution, women staged demonstrations, participated in the riots and often used armed force. While some women decided to use force, others like Olympe de Gouges chose to use writing, meeting and publications to emphasize that though women and men are different, they should be accorded the same treatment under the law.

At the end of the revolution, women gained more political, social and economic rights and freedoms.

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