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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

by Mary Wollstonecraft

CD-Audio Publication Date: 15/10/2019

 

One of the earliest contributions to feminist philosophy, Wollstonecraft's powerful treatise on the value of women in society tackles many of the patriarchal attitudes prevalent in the eighteenth century. In addition to championing the notion that women enjoy all the same fundamental rights as men, Wollstonecraft argues that men benefit from treating their wives as companions rather than commodities.

In A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Mary Wollstonecraft tackles the wasted potential she sees in women, refusing to see them as inferior to men; she decries their limitations and suggests that they are worthy of an equal standard of education, and that they should be taught to develop their own reason, not simply how to gain a man. Written in 1792, at the height of the French Revolution, A Vindication is an eloquent and persuasive response to the prevailing attitudes of the time--the original feminist manifesto.

Touching upon many themes in women's education, A Vindications of the Rights of Woman remains a bold and powerful read.

ISBN:
9781094012339
9781094012339
Category:
Uncategorized
Format:
CD-Audio
Publication Date:
15-10-2019
Language:
English
Publisher:
Naxos of America, Incorporated
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
190.5x134.62mm
Mary Wollstonecraft

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.

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