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Unformatted text preview: The progressive thought of the Enlightenment also brought calls for increased women’s rights and equality. Olympe de Gouges, a writer and feminist activist in late-eighteenth- century France, solidified the movement with her 1791 Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen . An obvious stab at the French Revolution’s 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen , de Gouge’s declaration called for equal rights and liberty for women, including more control over marriage. The push for women’s rights was emblematic of the changes that were taking place in European society during the Enlightenment. Beyond heightened respect for women, the era also marked the beginning of the end for such atrocious practices as slavery and witch burning. Children, who had previously been treated essentially as miniature adults, began to enjoy more contact and affection with their parents—a shift that owed...
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08