Olympe de Gouges, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Olympe de Gouges

French playwright and political activist

Date of Birth: 07-May-1748

Place of Birth: Montauban, Occitania, France

Date of Death: 03-Nov-1793

Profession: writer, politician, playwright, journalist, philosopher, feminist

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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About Olympe de Gouges

  • Olympe de Gouges (French: [ol?~p d? gu?] (listen); 7 May 1748 – 3 November 1793), born Marie Gouze, was a French playwright and political activist whose writings on women's rights and abolitionism reached a large audience in various countries.
  • She began her career as a playwright in the early 1780s.
  • As political tension rose in France, Olympe de Gouges became increasingly politically engaged.
  • She became an outspoken advocate against the slave trade in the French colonies in 1788.
  • At the same time, she began writing political pamphlets.
  • Today she is perhaps best known as an early women's rights advocate who demanded that French women be given the same rights as French men.
  • In her Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen (1791), she challenged the practice of male authority and the notion of male-female inequality.
  • She was executed by guillotine during the Reign of Terror (1793–1794) for attacking the regime of the Revolutionary government and for her association with the Girondists.

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