The recent turnout of hundreds of thousands of women for the first anniversary of the international Women’s March, makes this an ideal moment to revisit the astonishing victory against tyranny of the Women’s March on Versailles in 1789.
This year's massive anniversary protest comes amidst the huge “Me Too” movement, and an explosion of lawsuits denouncing sexual harassment in the workplace. There is a feeling of being in the midst of bona fide social change that will celebrated on International Women's Day next month.
At the marches in Paris, some protesters waved placards recalling another pivotal march that changed history — an event on a par with the storming of the Bastille.
Following widespread food riots in Paris, seven thousand women set forth in an armed march to take flour from the king’s stores 12 miles away in Versailles. Revolutionaries seized the moment, and forced the king to sign the recently composed “Declaration of the Rights of Man,” so ending his absolute rule. The king and his entourage were dragged back to the capital as prisoners. It was a turning point, signalling a shift in power from the nobility to the common people.
|Paris protester last year recalls the 1789 march|