VIDEO International Women’s Month: Week 2, Part 5 Olympe de Gouges

VIDEO International Women’s Month: Week 2, Part 5 Olympe de Gouges

On 6 March 2004, the junction of the Rues Béranger, Charlot, de Turenne, and de Franche-Comté in Paris was proclaimed the Place Olympe de Gouges.

The square was inaugurated by the mayor of the 3rd arrondissement, Pierre Aidenbaum, along with then first deputy mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo.

The actress Véronique Genest read an excerpt from the Declaration of the Rights of Woman.

There was also a push for Gouges’ remains be moved to the Panthéon.

However, her remains—like those of the other victims of the Reign of Terror—have been lost through burial in communal graves, so any reburial (like that of Marquis de Condorcet) would be only ceremonial.

Olympe de Gouges lived in the heart of Paris, at 20, rue Servandoni.

It is in this house that she wrote the Declaration of the Rights of Women and the Citizen, in one of the most historic districts near the Saint-Sulpice church, the Luxembourg garden , and the Senate, the upper house of the French Parliament.

The rue Servandoni has existed since 1424, next to the Saint-Sulpice church which attracts visitors from all countries.

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