Declaring the Rights of Men and Women in the French Revolution

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The French Revolution was a dark time in the history of man. From corruption in government to the almost certainty of starvation for the French peasants, there seemed to be no sign of better times. These were just a few of the logs in the ever-growing revolutionary fire that was burning in the late 1700's.      There were many causes to the French Revolution ranging from: poor distribution of power and wealth, a bad harvest which left no grain for bread, a manufacturing depression, and the king's financial problems (which caused overtaxation for the entire population with the exception of the high clergy and nobility). When the estates general was called for the first time in one hundred years, it…show more content…
Freedom of speech and press, and the restriction of monarchy were also stated in the declaration.      This was a great step in creating a fair government that treated all of it's citizens fairly, but it did not include women's freedom in terms of civil liberty. Many deputies said that "women do not aspire to exercise political rights and functions." Many women did not agree to the fairness of this document and thought women were also citizens and should have an active role in the government. Olymp de Gouges penned the Declaration of the Rights of Women to include the women in all freedoms as well as the men, but it was to be ignored by those in the National Assembly. But, if it were not for the march on Versaille by the angry French mothers, whose children were starving due to the lack of grains, King Louis XVI would never have accepted the National Assembly's decrees.      The women believed that this second declaration was necessary because of the fact that all citizens should be treated equally, but in fact they were not. I also be- lieve that this is true because no person should be excluded from their natural rights as humans to live how they should. I believe that no one person should be treated differently from others just because they are a man or woman, or regardless of

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