A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

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Penguin Books, 1992 - Philosophy - 319 pages
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Writing in an age when the call for the rights of man had brought revolution to America and France, Mary Wollstonecraft produced her own declaration of female independence in 1792. Passionate and forthright, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman attacked the prevailing view of docile, decorative femininity and instead laid out the principles of emancipation: an equal education for girls and boys, an end to prejudice, and the call for women to become defined by their profession, not their partner. Mary Wollstonecrafts work was received with a mixture of admiration and outrageWalpole called her a hyena in petticoatsyet it established her as the mother of modern feminism.

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Wollstonecraft is a stirring writer, especially in the polemical Vindication of the Rights of Men, but her reasoning isn't always as rigorous as one might hope. Or perhaps it's disingenuous? One does ... Read full review

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Okay, okay, admittedly I'm like, what (?) two weeks behind on this post! So much so, I thought about not actually writing it. I mean, aren't ya'll tired of reading about this antiquated text. BUT ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
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Bliss was it in that dawn the Political
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The Feminist Manifesto the Argument
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Copyright

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Mary Wollstonecraft (1759 1797) first achieved fame for her A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), in which she extended the radical idea of the "rights of man" to women and laid the groundwork for modern feminism.

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