"Women, wake up; the tocsin of reason sounds throughout the universe; recognize your rights"
- Olympe de Gouges
Olympe de Gouges was a French feminist who wrote the Declaration of the Rights of Woman (1791), fighting against discrimination during the French Revolution. Her plays mainly focused on the rights of (unwed) women and orphaned children, as well as slaves in her later pieces. She was guillotined for her activism. We at Olympe believe that de Gouges was right in saying that “Regardless of what barriers confront you, it is in your power to free yourselves; you have only to want to.” As women, we have an obligation to fight for what we believe is right and ensure equality for all genders and sexes.