Letter: Double-edged rights
Tuesday 03 February 1998
As it happens, Olympe de Gouges, the early French feminist, not only noticed but opposed this fact. In the Declaration of Rights of Woman and Citizeness, which she published in 1791, Articles 7-10 insist that women have the same right as men not only to make laws but to suffer under them. And two years later she did so herself, being guillotined during the Reign of Terror.
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