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Olympe de Gouges

1748 CE – 1793 CE

Olympe de Gouges was born Marie Gouze in Monauban, a small town north of Toulouse in 1748.  Her father, Pierre Gouze, was a butcher and her mother, Anne-Olympe Mouissetcame from a family of drapers.  It is possible that de Gouges was the illegitimate daughter of Jean-Jacques Lefranc, the Marquis de Pompignan, a minor playwright—a rumor that she encouraged and may even have started. 

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