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Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Women

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Mary Wollstoncraft

Mary Wollstonecraft had an unusuall childhoold whcih led to her questioning the conventiaonal attitudes twords women. Her family had money set aside for schooling that her father wasted away on drinking and ill-fated farming pursuits. Wollstoncraft recived six to seven years of schooling and after that was self taught. At age 22 she opened a school near London, which introduced her to improtant people in London society who encoraged her to write. SHe was then hired as a translator because she knew French and German. It was during this time that she met her husband William Godwin. They were married for less than a year becase Wollstoncraft died after giving birth who a daughter who would later become famous in her own right as Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein.


A Vindication of the Rights of Women

A Vindication of the Rights of Women called for and end to female suffering and the idea that they were the lesser sex. Her ideas were radical in London society and she was shunned for them. Both A Vindication of the Rights of Women, and A Vindication of the Rights of Men were not excepted in society. Most women in Britain simply accepted their fate or at least did not  verbally complain about the injustice that they felt.


Cover of A Vindication of the Rights of Women





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