Happy Women’s History Month! Here at FranceABC we’re pleased for the chance to showcase influential French women. These women have been powerful role models for French women and girls across the globe, and we hope for our students too.
Without further adieu we introduce some of France’s most influential contemporary women (and one historical woman for a little fun!).
Women’s History Month: Olympe de Gouges
Everyone knows of Joan d’Arc, so we thought that for our Women’s History Month historical figures, we’d introduce you to someone new. Olympe de Gouges lived from 1748 to 1793. She was a playwright, abolitionist, and early women’s rights activist.
Like her English contemporary, Mary Wollstonecraft, who wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792), de Gouges had her own protofeminist treatise, written the year before: Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the [Female] Citizen (1791). She spoke strongly in defense of women, unmarried mothers, orphaned children, and in support of improving divorce laws. Her theatrical productions were in support of her ideas, including her strong belief in the abolition of slavery in France.