A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
In an era of revolutions demanding greater liberties for mankind, Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) was an ardent feminist who spoke eloquently for countless women of her time.
Having witnessed firsthand the devastating results of male improvidence, she assumed an independent role early in life, educating herself and eventually earning a living as a governess, teacher and writer. She was also an esteemed member of the radical intellectual circle that included William Godwin (father of her daughter, novelist Mary Godwin Shelley, and later her husband), Thomas Paine, William Blake, Henry Fuseli and others.
First published in 1792, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman created a scandal in its day, largely, perhaps, because of the unconventional lifestyle of its creator. Today, it is considered the first great manifesto of women’s rights, arguing passionately for the education of women: "Tyrants and sensualists are in the right when they endeavor to keep women in the dark, because the former want only slaves, and the later a plaything."
No narrow-minded zealot, Wollstonecraft balanced passionate advocacy with a sympathetic warmth — a characteristic that helped her ideas achieve widespread influence. Anyone interested in the history of the women’s rights movement will welcome this inexpensive edition of one of the landmark documents in the struggle for human dignity, freedom and equality.
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The Rights and Involved Duties of Mankind Considered
The Prevailing Opinion of a Sexual Character Discussed
The Same Subject Continued
Observations on the State of Degradation to Which Woman Is Reduced by Various Causes
Animadversions on Some of the Writers Who Have Rendered Women Objects of Pity Bordering on Contempt
The Effect Which an Early Association of Ideas Has upon the Character
Modesty Comprehensively Considered and Not as a Sexual Virtue
Morality Undermined by Sexual Notions of the Importance of a Good Reputation
Of the Pemicious Effects Which Arise from the Unnatural Distinctions Established in Society
Duty to Parents
On National Education
Some Instances of the Folly Which the Ignorance of Women Generates with Concluding Reﬂections on the Moral Improvement That a Revolution in...