A recent document has come to my attention. It is called the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizens. I commend those who wrote it, it really is quite a feat, a big step forward. However, they did leave out one crucial thing in that document, the rights of women. The rights of women have hardly been mentioned in the declaration, so I decided to write my own document called the Declaration of the Rights of Women. I hope that you take this declaration in to consideration.
Article 1: Every single woman is entitled to these rights. No matter where they live, what their heritage is , what their religion is, what their culture is, whether they have a disability, whether they are rich or poor. No woman should be treated unfairly on any basis
Article 2: The government has a responsibility to make sure your rights are protected.
Article 3: Women have freedom of expression as long as it harms no one, women are able to express any thoughts or opinions through speech, through writing, and through art freely without fear of prosecution or prejudice.
Article 4: Women have the right to practice whichever religion they choose, or none at all if they please, without fear of persecution or prejudice.
Article 5: Women are entitled to an education and should be given. This education should be equally as good to the education that the male populace receives.
Article 6: Women have the right to work outside of the domestic environment and are entitled to good jobs the money that comes with them. These women in the workforce should be paid equal to a man performing the same or a very similar job. Women are entitled to earn their own money.
Article 7: Women should be able to divorce a man and have equal rights to the objects that they have together.
Article 8: Women are entitled to the same inheritance rights as any man.
Article 9: Women have the right to come together and form clubs and sectionals. These clubs and sectionals should be treated with the same respect as a club or sectional for men.
Article 10: Women have the right to get information that is important to their well-being, from newspaper, books, pamphlets and other sources.
Article 11: Women have the right to publish information, opinions, or thoughts as long as they are not harmful in the form of books, newspapers, and pamphlets so long as it is not slander.
Article 12: Women have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, in body or mind.
Article 13: Women are entitled to the same voting rights as men.
Article 14: Women have the right to participate in politics and have the right to a voice in government in the form of a seat in the General estate, and in the form of their won political parties.
Article 15: Women are entitled to all of the same rights as men.
Rest assured that I will see these rights be brought forth into legislation or die trying to bring equality to this country. I have to fight against old views that have been in place for many years, but I will continue to insist that women are entitled to the same rights as men and are equals. I will continue to publish declarations, pamphlets, books and plays that shed light on this issue. I hope that you take my declaration into serious consideration.
–Marie Gouze aka Olympe de Gouge