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Vindication Of The Rights Of Woman
by Mary Wollstonecraft
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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 Wollstonecrafts work was received with a mixture of admiration and outrageWalpole called her a hyena in petticoatsyet it established her as the mother of modern feminism.
About the Author
Mary Wollstonecraft (17591797) wrote on political and social topics, polemics as well as fiction.
Miriam Brody is a professor in the Writing Program at Ithaca College who has written extensively on Mary Wollstonecraft.
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