Vindication of the Rights of Women   -     By: Mary Wollstonecraft
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Vindication of the Rights of Women

Penguin Putnam Inc. / 2003 / Paperback

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Seen as one of the foremothers of modern day feminism, Mary Wollstonecraft set a precedent when she described the institution of marriage as being a type of legal prostitution. She went on to say in her book Vindication of the Rights of Woman that equal education for women was the only remedy for this grave injustice perpetrated against them, and education for women would actually strengthen the institution of marriage. Set as an argument for the betterment of womankind's deplorable situation in the late 1700s, Wollstonecraft's book is an influential and fascinating study of history, psychology, philosophy, and feminism.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Penguin Putnam Inc.
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.44 (inches)
ISBN: 0141441259
ISBN-13: 9780141441252
UPC: 051488011002
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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 Wollstonecraft's work was received with a mixture of admiration and outrage. Walpole called her "a hyena in petticoats," yet it established her as the mother of modern feminism.
 

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Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-97) was an educational, political and feminist writer who early in her life worked as a companion, teacher and governess. In 1788 she settled in London as a translator and reader for the publisher Joseph Johnson, becoming part of the radical set that included Paine, Blake, Godwin and the painter Fuseli. Her great work, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, was published in 1792. She lived in Paris during the French Revolution and had a child by the American Gilbert Imlay, who deserted her. She returned to London in 1795 and, following her attempted suicide, became involved with Godwin, whom she married in 1797, shortly before the birth (which proved fatal) of her daughter, the future Mary Shelley. She left several unfinished works, including Maria.

Miriam Brody has written biographies of Mary Wollstonecraft and Victoria Woodhull.


Miriam Brody has written biographies of Mary Wollstonecraft and Victoria Woodhull.

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