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Vindication of the Rights of Woman

This revolutionary work from the eighteenth century is one of the first tracts of feminist philosophy

Mary Wollstonecraft wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman in opposition to the gender norms of the eighteenth century. In this seminal text, Wollstonecraft argues that women should receive a comprehensive education in order to benefit society. Women and men, she argues, are moral equals in the eyes of God, and women, at the time that Wollstonecraft was writing, occupied an inferior station because they were trained to serve only men rather than civilization as a whole.

Written in response to Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord’s assertion that women ought only to receive a domestic education and should be confined to the home, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman was a remarkably forward-thinking political text.

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Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759–1797) was an English writer. She is best known for her work A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, in which she puts forth the visionary argument that women and men should receive the same education and are moral equals in the eyes of God. One of the most pivotal thinkers of the Enlightenment, she is widely considered to be the first feminist philosopher, and her work strongly influenced the twentieth-century feminist movement.

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