Analyze Mary Wollstonecraft's essay A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and show how some of her ideas are still relevant today.

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Although Wollstonecraft's Vindication was considered radical in its time, it seems less so today, but its lessons are still relevant. Wollstonecraft argues for better education and moral training for women—not so that they can go out into the world and have jobs or run society, but so that they can be better wives to their husbands and mothers to their children.

Wollstonecraft critiques a middle-class world in which women are ill educated and taught that they should use deceptive and flirtatious wiles to "catch" a husband. She says this does a disservice to women and does not fit them to be good helpmeets to their spouses or good managers of their households. She advocates for better education so that women can more sensibly fulfill their role in life.

Today, most would agree that raising child-like, silly, and dependent women is not helpful to society or to parenting. Defining oneself as a flirtatious sex object also is not likely to create the basis for a solid marriage.


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