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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 1,454,678 page views. Her biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Olympe de Gouges is the 23rd most popular social activist (down from 21st in 2019), the 259th most popular biography from France (down from 213th in 2019) and the 2nd 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 23 out of 538Before her are Robert Owen, Rosa Parks, Lady Godiva, Gustav I of Sweden, Peter Kropotkin, and Charlotte Corday. After her are Irena Sendler, Bertha von Suttner, Thomas Müntzer, Emiliano Zapata, Omar Mukhtar, and Martin Niemöller.

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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, William V, Prince of Orange, Antoine Laurent de Jussieu, Christian Gottlob Neefe, and Petar I Petrović-Njegoš. Among people deceased in 1793, Olympe de Gouges ranks 6Before her are Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI of France, Jean-Paul Marat, Charlotte Corday, and Madame du Barry. After her are Carlo Goldoni, Louis Philippe II, Duke of Orléans, Yolande de Polastron, Jean Sylvain Bailly, Jacques Pierre Brissot, and Francesco Guardi.

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Among people born in France, Olympe de Gouges ranks 259 out of 6,011Before her are Vincent de Paul (1581), Charles the Simple (879), Joseph Fouché (1759), Georges Cuvier (1769), Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732), and Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac (1778). After her are Berthe Morisot (1841), Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684), Arsène Wenger (1949), Philip I of France (1052), Pope Callixtus II (1065), and Josquin des Prez (1450).


Among social activists born in France, Olympe de Gouges ranks 2Before her are Charlotte Corday (1768). After her are Gabrielle d'Estrées (1573), Edmond James de Rothschild (1845), René Cassin (1887), Louise Michel (1830), Flora Tristan (1803), Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester (1208), Léon Jouhaux (1879), Jacques Roux (1752), Abbé Pierre (1912), and René Just Haüy (1743).