At a glance:
- Author: Mary Wollstonecraft
- First Published: 1792
- Type of Work: Feminist Philosophical Treatise
- Genres: Nonfiction, Philosophy, Women's literature, Social issues
- Subjects: Civil rights, Gender roles, Feminism, Women's issues, Oppression, Eighteenth century, Women, Equality, Women's rights
As an expression of protest, A VINDICATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN seems mild today. Wollstonecraft, following Rousseau on the subject of female education, was mainly concerned with gaining for women the right to be educated so that they would be fit companions for men and have a chance to become equally accomplished intellectually.
Her essay, however, goes beyond arguing for an equal education for women. It is also an expose of numerous injustices to women, such as the denial of the right to vote, to hold office, to own property, or to perform any but the lowest jobs. The impact...
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