Monday, October 5, 2009
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5th October 1789 - March on Versailles:
on 5 October 1789,as many as 7,000 women joined the march to Versailles, bringing with them pieces of cannon and a variety of smaller weapons.Twenty thousand National Guardsmen under the command of La Fayette responded to keep order, and members of the mob stormed the palace, killing several guards. La Fayette ultimately convinced the king to accede to the demand of the crowd that the monarchy relocate to Paris.
On 6 October 1789, the King Louis XVI(on throne,in the cartoon above) and the royal family moved from Versailles to Paris under the protection of the National Guards, thus legitimizing the National Assembly.
The Women's March on Versailles was one of the turning points of the French Revolution; it showed that the peasants of the Third Estate were a force to be reckoned with.
This march also showed that women could be a driving force in history.