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Maisons-Laffitte Train Station
Paris Walks : Women of the revolution
Come and join us Dr. Kelly Spearman this month's walk through Paris to learn insider stories about the women of the revolution while walking through the Quartiere Odeon.
Time & Location
14 avr. 2022, 09:00 – 13:00
Maisons-Laffitte Train Station, 78600 Maisons-Laffitte, France
About the Event
Women of the Revolution
A walk through the Odéon neighbourhood - the hotspot of Paris's
Revolutionary years - is like stepping back in time. The streets down which
people once strode; the cobblestoned passages where they worked and where the
housewives did their shopping; the cafés where couples flirted, and the taverns
where they got merry: they all make up a treasure map of life on both sides of
the revolutionary divide.
The reins of History were firmly in male hands, though, as were the guns
and the vote. Incredible as it may seem, back in that era of Enlightenment
and Progress, females were considered good only to play the roles of either
mistress and muse (such as the talented Marie-Madeleine de Grandmaison) or
obedient wife (Gabrielle Danton) and devoted mother (like the playful Lucille
Desmoulins). Even under the banner of Equality, Freedom, and
Fraternity, amazing women like Olympe de Gouges were kept firmly in their
They were excluded from every committee, ejected from every council,
absent from all assemblies, kept away from any decision-making
post, and silenced when not being patronized; yet none observed (as did the
clairvoyant Mlle Lenormand), encouraged, incited and cheered (like
the tricoteuses of the Club des Cordeliers), or silently condemned (like the
doomed Noailles) more forcefully from their imposed immobility...
...until the merciful Veuve Vernet and the determined Charlotte Corday
took matters in their own hands – as shall we, when we follow in the footsteps
of the women of the Revolution as we explore this quartier once dominated by
alpha males all busy killing each other, but now populated by the ghosts of
desperate mothers, wives driven mad with worry, and despairing
companions who witnessed the hideous crimes and the ruthless scheming while
trying to find bread for the table and go about the tasks of their daily life. They
were never even given a chance to transform their world, but at Odéon, the
echoes of their voices can still be heard...
Price of the Tour: 20 Euros
Place: Meet at the corner of rue de Buci and rue Mazarine.
Suggestion: Enjoy a pre-tour coffee at the counter of the “Café Le Buci” (52,
Rue Dauphine) the closest to our meting spot.
Lunch: Participants might like to envisage lunch Bouillon Racine (3, rue
Racine) an original Art Nouveau brasserie decor for a nouvelle