How were women important during the French Revolution?

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How were women economically, socially, and politically important during the French Rev?

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  • December 16, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Women from artisan and lower-middle-class families, who were prepared to agitate over economic and political matters, were prominent in riots and mass movmenets, and had been from the very beginning of the revolution.

    As small traders, family managers and often sole providers, they also took the lead, consistently and frequently, in small-scale actions, denouncing rising prices and forcing shopkeepers to adhere to government price-fixing on essential products like grain, soap, and salt.

    As conditions worsened, economic issues were increasingly politicized by middle-class activists such as Pauline Leon and the actress Claire Lacombe, who pointed out the conflict between the economic differences in French society and the Revolution’s promises of political and legal equality. The Society of Revolutionary Republican Women which they founded in May 1793, and which favoured egalitarian policies, became the object of suspicion of the Committees of Public Safety and General Security, which closed it dwon in October 1793.

    The militant middle-class women of the Revolution failed in their major aim of winning political equality with men. Denied the right to vote, their sole political advance in those yeaers had been in matters of divorce and inheritance granted by the new regime’s law codes.

    There was less in the Revolution for women than for men, and this may be one factor behind Charlotte Corday’s fateful action.

    Charlotte Corday was no royalist, she was a republican, and she wanted to save the French republic from the extremism of leaders like Marat. She went to Marat’s house on 19 July 1792 and stabbed him with a kitchen knife. However, the murder of Marat did not have the result she had hoped for.

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