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Declarations on Women's Rights
Connie Titone & Shannon White & Meghann Fee
Important declarations concerning the rights of women were promulgated in France and England during the late eighteenth and mid-nineteenth centuries. These included the 1791 French Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen, and the 1848 Declaration of Sentiments. The feminist manifesto Declaration des Droits de la Femme et de la Citoyenne, written by Marie Gouze, who was known as Olympe de Gouges, was a response to the French Republic's Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizens (1789), which de Gouges challenged as not applying equally to women. She charged that this declaration fell short of equal treatment of the sexes in matters of law, marriage, property, employment, and education, and she called upon the National Assembly to work toward obtaining a woman's right to vote. She also placed particular emphasis on the need for an accessible and rigorous education for women. De Gouges dedicated her tract ...