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La Révolution française et le droit des femmes à l'instruction. Résumé d'une désillusion

Abstract : Women participated in the French Revolution directly, and occasionally with force and determination. So that one might expect the 1789 revolutionaries to be grateful to them, granting them that right to education which they openly claimed, together with civil and political rights to which the most committed of them legitimately aspired : sharing decision-making as voters, and eventually, as elected members. In actual fact, concerning rights and customs, it was the exact opposite that occurred. Far from liberating them, the revolution led to the confinement of women in a domestic sphere which was utterly narrow and closed, submitting them to the absolute power of their fathers and husbands. To this purpose, the most economical and efficient way, apparently, was to maintain them in a state of ignorance, away from such fields as science and fine arts which might induce in them aspirations too political and dangerous for social order.
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Bernard Jolibert. La Révolution française et le droit des femmes à l'instruction. Résumé d'une désillusion. Expressions, Institut universitaire de formation des maîtres (IUFM) Réunion, 2007, "Donner le goût de lire" : journée "Lire en fête", lundi 19 novembre 2007, pp.107-134. ⟨hal-02406907⟩

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