Portrait: Olympe de Gouges (EN, FR)

Atlantic slave trade

A woman of letters and a French revolutionary, Olympe de Gouges was an avant-garde figure in several ways. She is mainly known for having drafted the Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Female Citizen (1791), a riposte to the Declaration of the Rights of Man of 1789. It is also worth noting that she was involved from an early stage in the fight against slavery and that she stayed true to this cause throughout her lifetime.