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Olympe de Gouges was a French social reformer and challenged the traditional view on numerous matters, especially the rights of women as citizens. In her response to the "Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen", Gouges wrote the "Declaration of the Rights of Women", in which she argued not only that women have the same rights as men but also that children born outside of marriage should be treated as fairly as “legitimate” children in matters of inheritance. -L.O.
A 1793 contrast between French fashions of 1793 and ca. 1778, showing the large style changes which had occurred in just 15 years. The couple on the left, dressed in bleeding-edge up-to-the moment styles of 1793, is saying "AH! QUELLE ANTIQUITÉ!!!"; while the couple on the right, dressed in formal court styles of ca. 1778, is exclaiming "OH! QUELLE FOLLIE QUE LA NOUVEAUTÉ....
In the French Revolution, the sans-culottes were the radical partisans of the lower classes; typically urban laborers. The appellation refers to the fashionable culottes (silk knee-breeches) of the moderate bourgeois revolutionaries, as distinguished from the working class sans-culottes, who traditionally wore pantaloons (pants). During the peak of their influence, roughly 1792 to 1795, the sans-culottes provided the principal support behind the two far-left