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Women’s March of Versailles, 1789:

One of the earliest and most significant events that triggered the French Revolution was the Women’s March of Versailles, also known as The October March or The March on Versailles. On the morning of October 5, 1789, around 7,000 women gathered in the marketplaces of Paris and occupied the city hall demanding that the high price of food and scarcity of bread be addressed.
When their demands were ignored, the women marched towards the city of Versailles to appeal to King Louis XVI. The crowd besieged the palace and in a dramatic confrontation put forth their demands to the King. When he refused, the mob forced the King, his family and members of the French Assembly to return with them to Paris. This march triggered a revolution which would end the French monarchy and bring about far-reaching social and political changes in the country.

9 revolutionary women's movements that have heralded change

Across the decades, women have been harbingers of radical political, social and economic changes as hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets, worldwide, to protest injustice and apathy. From the fight for women’s suffrage to a call to end violence against women, for social justice and equality, to the more recent #MeToo movement against sexual predators, women have spearheaded mass movements that have brought about revolutionary changes.

This International Women’s Day, let’s take a look at some of the most significant women’s movements over the decades: