A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
The term feminism did not yet exist when Mary Wollstonecraft wrote this book, but it was the first great piece of feminist writing in English. In these pages you will find the essence of her argument – for the education of women and for an increased female contribution to society.
Her work made the first ripples of what would later become the tidal wave of the women’s rights movement. Rationalist but revolutionary, Wollstonecraft’s pioneering writing changed the world for women to come.
About the Author
Mary Wollstonecraft was born in 1759 in Spitalfields, London. After an unsettled childhood, she opened a school following which, her first work, Thoughts on the Education of Daughters, was published in 1787. After a stint as governess in Ireland, she continued to write and published several other works including Mary (1788), A Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790) and her most famous, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792).
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