Women in the French Revolution

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“Liberty, equality, fraternity, or death”, a chant that would have been heard in the streets of Paris during the French Revolution (Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities). The French Revolution started in 1789 and came to a complete end in 1799; it was a turning point for the majority of France, the commoners, who were pressured by the aristocracy. Women during this time had little to no rights, but were very involved in the Revolution. They handled necessary duties for women at that time as well as staging demonstrations and riots; other women were more involved than others though beating the odds and making a way for women’s rights. Women played key roles during the French Revolution, without them the outcome would have been a far greater disaster.
The women in the Revolution were the ones to keep disorder as scarce as possible during this chaotic time; full participation on their part was required, making making uniforms and and organizing fellow revolutionaries. During the revolution it was more important than ever for the women to make clothes because they were able to add a piece of cloth or pattern that would identify the wearer as a revolutionary to other revolutionaries. It has been said that “Women participated in virtually every aspect of the French Revolution” which is very true, as well as surprising given their status in society previously (“Liberty Equality, Fraternity: Exploring...”). Their role was enormous, without them the Revolution would have died

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