In 1793, Olympe de Gouges was accused of being a Girondist, a group not being favored by the radical Jacobins that ruled during the Reign of Terror. Why? Well, she wrote a progressive declaration in 1791: The Declaration of the Rights of Women and the Female Citizen.
Sound familiar? She based it off The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, which was written in 1789.
The most famous quote from de Gouges’ Declaration is the call to action: “Man, are you capable of being fair? A woman is asking: at least you will allow her that right. Tell me? What gave you the sovereign right to oppress my sex?” Basically, she’s asks why can’t humans get along like other animals species? Does it have to be hard?Somehow, more than 200 years later, we are still trying to figure out the answer.