Olympe de Gouges

About the book

Who the Hell is Olympe de Gouges? looks at an early feminist who has been largely forgotten by history, despite her important political legacy and execution for her beliefs. Beginning with her life story and her transformation into a ‘woman of letters’ in Paris, this book goes on to explore how the social, cultural and political influences of the French Revolution and the Enlightenment impacted upon her work. Looking at her key ideas through her political writings and plays, readers will learn how this remarkable woman not only challenged the white patriarchal structure of society but confronted the powerful influence of the Church, as well as championing the abolition of slavery and all other forms of human rights.

About the author

Mina Moriarty is a writer based in Glasgow, Scotland, with an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. She writes poetry on themes of history and feminism, published in titles including The Blue Nib and From Glasgow to Saturn. She is also a journalist, penning features for US and UK publications such as The Scotsman and Cosmopolitan.


"Anyone interested in women and their erasure from history should read this book. Everyone else should too, for in 100 pages Olympe de Gouges's life, writings, and the complex times she lived in are clearly set out, bringing this glorious woman and her ground breaking ideas to life. Mina Moriarty manages to explore her subject's ideas in depth in this concise book, going beyond the well known Declaration of the Rights of Woman to highlight de Gouges's wider concerns. She fought against discrimination in all its forms, against violence, against unscrupulous and over ambitious politicians. Her voice was stifled, her life cut short to silence her inconvenient truths. 'Who the hell is Olympe de Gouges?' offers an accessible and well researched introduction to this important figure whose views are as relevant now as they were in 1789."

Clarissa Palmer | www.olympedegouges.eu