King Louis XVI called the Estates General to meet in 1789. The Estates General is a legislative body before the French Revolution, made up of representatives of the Three Estates.
During the Estates General meeting, the 1st and 2nd Estates treat the 3rd Estate members as inferiors but forgetting the 3rd Estates outnumbers both of them. As a result, the 3rd Estate realizes they will not be respected and listened to, and they break into a group of their own and name themselves the National Assembly.
Tennis Court oath
King Louis XVI was furious to hear about this new National Assembly so he locked the 3rd Estate out of the meeting hall. They found a nearby building and gathered together to take an oath to work together in support of a revolution. The French Revolution had begun.
The Storming of the Bastille
The king made many mistakes over the next few months. This left the Third Estate feeling threatened so they needed weapons and they needed ammo. They knew the only place they could get this was at the Bastille.
Women march on Versailles
There had been a shortage of bread causing fights to break out in the bread line. The women were in charge of gathering their daily supply of bread which just wasn't enough to take care of their families needs. The women gathered at city hall demanding bread and were told they would have to see the king. The crowd of women headed toward Versailles. The crowd grew to over 6,000 women. The women forced their way into the National Assembly. Six of these women were able to meet with the king. Unsatisfied they broke into the palace. The king and queen were so terrified they left Versailles and was taken to the Tuileries in Paris.