Olympe de Gouges Biography
(French Playwright, Political Activist, and Advocate for Women's Rights)
Birthday: May 7, 1748 (Taurus)
Born In: Montauban, France
Olympe de Gouges was a French social reformer and writer who stressed on women’s rights as citizens. She was also a political and social activist who wrote several plays and pamphlets supporting her cause. Her most prominent work was the ‘Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Citizen,’ as a response to the ‘Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the (Male) Citizen.’ Her works saw her denounce extremists, both the royalists and the revolutionaries. She advocated for a healthy government, but was charged with sedition because of her outspoken nature. Following a short trial, she was guillotined to death. She is remembered as a pioneer of women’s rights movements, and is said to have inspired many young feminists and writers to follow in her footsteps.