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The Women's March on Versailles was one of the most significant events of the French Revolution. The march broke out on October 5, 1789, by women rioting over the over pricing and scarcity of bread. The march quickly became a mob of thousands, and effectively ended the independent authority of the king. The march was of political significance because it was a stop to rising bread prices.


1789- Organized European feminism first sprouts in Revolutionary France, as it will again in the revolutions of 1848 (when it will also spread to Germany) & 1871, suffering setbacks during the Napoleonic regimes. By the 1850s, European feminism will have spread to Russia, where its repression will move many women into the revolutionary camp there.