Louise Michel

1830 - 1905

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Louise Michel (French: [lwiz miʃɛl] ; 29 May 1830 – 9 January 1905) was a teacher and important figure in the Paris Commune. Following her penal transportation to New Caledonia she embraced anarchism. When returning to France she emerged as an important French anarchist and went on speaking tours across Europe. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Louise Michel has received more than 477,657 page views. Her biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Louise Michel is the 102nd most popular social activist (down from 100th in 2019), the 923rd most popular biography from France (up from 944th in 2019) and the 5th most popular French Social Activist.

Louise Michel was a French anarchist and feminist who was most famous for her role in the Paris Commune.

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Among social activists, Louise Michel ranks 102 out of 840Before her are Abdul Basit 'Abd us-Samad, Anneliese Michel, Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Zhang Jue, and Annie Besant. After her are Leila Khaled, Kasturba Gandhi, Syed Ahmad Khan, Jody Williams, Bugsy Siegel, and Ishikawa Goemon.

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Among people born in 1830, Louise Michel ranks 15Before her are Hector Malot, Porfirio Díaz, Isma'il Pasha, Julius Lothar Meyer, Eadweard Muybridge, and Hans von Bülow. After her are Étienne-Jules Marey, Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Altenburg, Élisée Reclus, Jules de Goncourt, Albert Bierstadt, and Samori Ture. Among people deceased in 1905, Louise Michel ranks 10Before her are Ferdinand von Richthofen, Ernst Abbe, Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Per Teodor Cleve, Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia, and Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza. After her are Adolph Menzel, Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders, Carl Wernicke, Albert Edelfelt, Leopold, Prince of Hohenzollern, and Élisée Reclus.

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Among people born in France, Louise Michel ranks 923 out of 6,770Before her are Francis Lai (1932), Jules Dumont d'Urville (1790), Chilperic I (539), Theodore Beza (1519), Saint Eligius (588), and Michael Lonsdale (1931). After her are Louis Barthou (1862), Marie-Anne Paulze Lavoisier (1758), Adela of Champagne (1140), Jean de Lattre de Tassigny (1889), Marie-Louise O'Murphy (1737), and Georges Bernanos (1888).


Among social activists born in France, Louise Michel ranks 5Before her are Olympe de Gouges (1748), Charlotte Corday (1768), Edmond James de Rothschild (1845), and Gabrielle d'Estrées (1573). After her are René Cassin (1887), Léon Jouhaux (1879), Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester (1208), Flora Tristan (1803), Jacques Roux (1752), René Just Haüy (1743), and Abbé Pierre (1912).