Portrait de Olympe de Gouges
Portrait de Olympe de Gouges

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Olympe de Gouges wrote the Declaration of the Rights of Women and the Female Citizen was a vehement supporter of women's rights.

French website available in six languages devoted to de Gouges' life, works, and legacy.
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Revolutionary Feminist Olympe de Gouges in a Race for a Place in France's Pantheon

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Primary Sources

  • Description of her 1794 trial, during which she was sentenced to death by guillotine for her controversial writings and association with the Girondin Party.

  • Database of English translations of all essays and pamphlets (with summaries)


Multimedia Resources

Biography video by French Educational Project "Virago", meaning women with exemplary or heroic qualities -- English subtitles available, could also be used in French foreign language classroom!
Olympe de Gouges video done by high school students on YouTube
Another biographical video done by high school students

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Lesson Plans

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: The Role of Women in the French Revolution, National First Ladies Library