Women And Women During The French Revolution

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During the French Revolution, namely 1789, men and women were both dealing with change in government, society, and many different aspects of life. Two documents that represent the rights of men and women are Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen and The Vindication of the Rights of Woman. These two documents are similar in content because they describe how men and women should be treated as equals in society. The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen came first, and sparked the interest of reformers all around, leading to The Vindication of the Rights of Woman. These two documents tell us that the French Revolution obviously had a divide within gender and race. First, the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was adopted in August of 1789 by the new National Assembly (Perry, 110). This document was created because it was the beginning of writing a new constitution for France. Three weeks prior, in a night meeting of the National Assembly, one after another, the noblemen stood and renounced their rights and privileges in an attempt to ease the situation. One of the leaders of the Assembly labeled this as the “end of feudalism”. This end meant that the Church must stop collecting taxes, and put an end to the forced labor of peasants. This also opened up opportunities for any citizens to hold positions in the army, Church, and government. This entire situation brought about the writing of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of…
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