Mary Wollstonecraft

(1759_1797 / Spitalfields)

Mary Wollstonecraft
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Mary Wollstonecraft (27 April 1759 – 10 September 1797) was an eighteenth-century British writer, philosopher, and advocate of women's rights. During her brief career, she wrote novels, treatises, a travel narrative, a history of the French Revolution, a conduct book, and a children's book. Wollstonecraft is best known for A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), in which she argues that women are not naturally inferior to men, but appear to be only because they lack education. She suggests that both men and women should be treated as rational beings and imagines a social order founded on reason.

Until the late 20th century, Wollstonecraft's life, which encompassed several ... more »

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  • ''Let woman share the rights and she will emulate the virtues of man; for she must grow more perfect when emancipated ...''
    Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), British feminist. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, ch. 13 (1792).
  • ''... wealth and female softness equally tend to debase mankind!''
    Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), British feminist. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, ch. 3 (1792).
  • How many women ... waste life away the prey of discontent, who might have practised as physicians, regulated a farm, managed a shop, and stood erect, supported by their own industry, instead of hangin...
    Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), British feminist. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, ch. 9 (1792).
  • ''... how can a rational being be ennobled by any thing that is not obtained by its own exertions?''
    Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), British feminist. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, ch. 4 (1792).
  • ''... the conduct of an accountable being must be regulated by the operations of its own reason ...''
    Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), British feminist. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, ch. 2 (1792).
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