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Definition: Declaration of the Rights
This was a document similar to the
American Declaration of Independence, whereby all men were declared
to be created equally. The document promised to protect the natural
rights of individuals. The words had far reaching implications, as
they would inspire revolution as far away as Latin America. In
France, the demands for liberty, equality and
fraternity could be
heard throughout the land. However, women were not included.
Olympe de Gouges was a woman who spoke
out for female equality. She was unsuccessful in her campaign, and
was executed during the Reign of Terror (explained later).
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