Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen

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When people think of what happened after the French Revolution, they mainly think of Napoleon Bonaparte. While Bonaparte does have a major part in the history of France, most people do not realize that other events took place in between and after his reign. For instance people were given new rights that enabled a more united country. Women also fought for certain rights such as education and inheritance. While they never had equality in the years surrounding the revolution, they did receive some rights. The Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, written by the National Assembly in 1789, gave the people, specifically men, new rights previously unheard of, such as “liberty, property, security and resistance to oppression” . America’s Bill of Rights served as a guideline of what the French people wanted to achieve. Therefore the National Assembly closely interpreted it and made it into a document for France. The first point in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen is that “all men are born and remain free and equal in rights” . One of the main goals of the Assembly was to create equality amongst the citizens. This document however, did not apply to women. Women wanted the same rights as men did. Many women were outraged at the fact that after everything they had taken a part of in the French Revolution it had no effect on them. It was the women in fact who had marched to Versailles. It was women who demanded bread directly from the king and succeeded. After seeing that The Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen had not mentioned the rights of women, Olympe De Gouges was motivated to write the Declaration of the Rights of Woman in 1791. Although the Declaration of the Rights of Woman was modeled closely to the Rights of Man, de Gouge tests the Declaration of the Rights of Man. She questions what benefits women gained from the

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