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“Nous aussi nous sommes citoyennes”

Title: “Nous aussi nous sommes citoyennes”: Female Activism during the French Revolution.
Name(s): Pédron, Anaïs, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Journal Article
Date Issued: 2019-12-31
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Marie-Madeleine Jodin and Olympe de Gouges were among the women who believed that the new state created by the French Revolution would offer equality to men and women. Both of them published political pamphlets arguing in favor of their sex: Vues législatives pour les femmes by Jodin in 1790 and (among other writings) Déclaration des Droits de la Femme in 1791 by Gouges. Jodin’s pamphlet shows the extent of her culture: she quotes philosophers, uses examples from history, and offers some remarkable perspectives (on prostitution for instance). Gouges’ pamphlet, the most famous of all, is a clever pastiche of the 1789 Déclaration des Droits de l’Homme, and contains her thoughts on marriage,divorce, and illegitimate children. While neither one of them seems to have been truly active in women’s manifestations and clubs or developed contacts with the Assembly or other proto-feminists, both women participated in the Revolution and its events mainly through these writings. This paper explores Jodin’s and Gouges’ paradoxical participation (loud in print but silent in speech) and compares them to other female writers of the Revolution: was their participation atypical or did it represent the norm?
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1578504204_cf0a4a66 (IID)
Publication Note: Selected essay from the Women in French International Conference 2018
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Women in French Studies Special Conference Issue.

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Pédron, A. (2019). “Nous aussi nous sommes citoyennes”: Female Activism during the French Revolution. Women In French Studies Special Conference Issue. Retrieved from