Olympe de Gouges

1748 - 1793

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Olympe de Gouges (French: [olɛ̃p də ɡuʒ] (listen); born Marie Gouze; 7 May 1748 – 3 November 1793) was a French playwright and political activist whose writings on women's rights and abolitionism reached a large audience in various countries. She began her career as a playwright in the early 1780s. As political tension rose in France, Olympe de Gouges became increasingly politically engaged. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Olympe de Gouges has received more than 1,044,362 page views. Her biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Olympe de Gouges is the 21st most popular social activist (up from 23rd in 2019), the 213th most popular biography from France (up from 242nd 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 21 out of 544Before her are Rosa Parks, Claus von Stauffenberg, Irena Sendler, Lady Godiva, Thomas Müntzer, and Robert Owen. After her are Aung San Suu Kyi, Gustav I of Sweden, Charlotte Corday, Emiliano Zapata, Bertha von Suttner, and Ferdinand Lassalle.

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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 XIII of Sweden, Adam Weishaupt, Charles IV of Spain, Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès, Claude Louis Berthollet, William V, Prince of Orange, Johann Friedrich Gmelin, Antoine Laurent de Jussieu, and Christian Gottlob Neefe. Among people deceased in 1793, Olympe de Gouges ranks 4Before her are Louis XVI of France, Marie Antoinette, and Jean-Paul Marat. After her are Madame du Barry, Charlotte Corday, Carlo Goldoni, Louis Philippe II, Duke of Orléans, Yolande de Polastron, Madame Roland, Jean Sylvain Bailly, and Francesco Guardi.

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Among people born in France, Olympe de Gouges ranks 213 out of 5,234Before her are Georges Méliès (1861), Alfred Sisley (1839), Catherine Deneuve (1943), Charles-Augustin de Coulomb (1736), Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796), and Georges Pompidou (1911). After her are Gilles Deleuze (1925), Jeanne Calment (1875), Pope Innocent VI (1282), François Boucher (1703), Stéphane Mallarmé (1842), and Louis VII of France (1120).


Among social activists born in France, Olympe de Gouges ranks 1After her are Charlotte Corday (1768), Gabrielle d'Estrées (1573), Edmond James de Rothschild (1845), René Cassin (1887), Flora Tristan (1803), Louise Michel (1830), Léon Jouhaux (1879), Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester (1208), René Just Haüy (1743), Jacques Roux (1752), and Balthasar Gérard (1557).