Olympe de Gouges

1748 - 1793

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Olympe de Gouges (French: [ɔlɛ̃p də ɡuʒ] ; born Marie Gouze; 7 May 1748 – 3 November 1793) was a French playwright and political activist. She is best known for her Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Female Citizen and other writings on women's rights and abolitionism. Born in southwestern France, de Gouges began her prolific career as a playwright in Paris in the 1780s. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Olympe de Gouges has received more than 1,520,867 page views. Her biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Olympe de Gouges is the 24th most popular social activist (down from 23rd in 2019), the 273rd most popular biography from France (down from 259th in 2019) and the most popular French Social Activist.

Olympe de Gouges is most famous for her Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen.

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Among social activists, Olympe de Gouges ranks 24 out of 840Before her are Rosa Parks, Gustav I of Sweden, Peter Kropotkin, Robert Owen, Bertha von Suttner, and Thomas Müntzer. After her are Charlotte Corday, Guy Fawkes, Irena Sendler, Simon bar Kokhba, Omar Mukhtar, and Emily Greene Balch.

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Among people born in 1748, Olympe de Gouges ranks 3Before her are Jacques-Louis David, and Jeremy Bentham. After her are Charles IV of Spain, Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès, Charles XIII of Sweden, Adam Weishaupt, Claude Louis Berthollet, Antoine Laurent de Jussieu, William V, Prince of Orange, Johann Friedrich Gmelin, and Christian Gottlob Neefe. Among people deceased in 1793, Olympe de Gouges ranks 6Before her are Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI of France, Madame du Barry, Jean-Paul Marat, and Carlo Goldoni. After her are Charlotte Corday, Louis Philippe II, Duke of Orléans, Yolande de Polastron, Francesco Guardi, Madame Roland, and Jacques Pierre Brissot.

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Among people born in France, Olympe de Gouges ranks 273 out of 6,770Before her are Frédéric Passy (1822), Charles Gounod (1818), Pierre Corneille (1606), Nicéphore Niépce (1765), Camille Claudel (1864), and Louis, Dauphin of France (1729). After her are Arsène Wenger (1949), Francis Picabia (1879), Vincent de Paul (1581), Prosper Mérimée (1803), Philip the Good (1396), and Paul Signac (1863).


Among social activists born in France, Olympe de Gouges ranks 1After her are Charlotte Corday (1768), Edmond James de Rothschild (1845), Gabrielle d'Estrées (1573), Louise Michel (1830), 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).