[TDIH] Olympe de Gouges Is Executed

On November 3, 1793, Olympe de Gouges is guillotined on what is today the Place de la Concorde, in Paris. The exact reason of the execution would take a while to explain, but the main thrust of it is that she disagreed with the way France was governed post-Revolution, and was advocating a return to one of the classical forms: republic, federation, or constitutional monarchy.

She is considered today to be one of the most modern feminists of that era: she was politically engaged and quite vocal about total and absolute equality between men and women, at a time when it was unthinkable (and would remain so for a few more centuries, sadly). She was also a staunch anti-slavery proponent.


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