The Paris Commune was one of the first attempts at a communist workers state and many women took party
The Central Committee of the Union of Women for the Defense of Paris and the Care of the Wounded, ended up defending the commune with their lives. The Commune’s Labor Commission expected the women of Paris and with the constituting of federal and union chambers of united working women.
Louise Michel was an anarchist and a leader in the Paris Commune. She fought in the barricades to defend Paris from the French government that tried to wipe the communards out.
She was known for her poems:
I have seen criminals and whores
And spoken with them. Now I inquire
If you believe them made as now they are
To drag their rags in blood and mire
Preordained, an evil race?
You to whom all men are prey
Have made them what they are today.