How does Wollstonecraft use religion to support her argument for women’s education? Cite details from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman in your answer.

In A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Wollstonecraft uses religion to support her argument for women's education by stating that a woman fully educated in religion will be a better mother, wife, and household manager than one who is simply taught to obey whatever men tell her about religion. She states that religious education that frees the soul to make its own moral decisions is always better for society, for it adds to "the order of creation."

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Wollstonecraft counters ideas in Rousseau and in educational circles in general at the time that stated women should be taught only to obey what their fathers, husbands, and church authorities had to say about religion. She argues, instead, that being fully educated in the moral principles of religious faith in a rational way will help a woman be a better daughter, wife, and mother than a woman who is left ignorant about religion.

Using the biblical idea from Genesis that woman was created as a "help meet" for her husband, Wollstonecraft urges a full education for women, including religious instruction, stating:

I entreat them [husbands] to assist to emancipate their companion to make her a help meet for them!

Would men but generously snap our chains, and be content with rational fellowship, instead of slavish obedience, they would find us more observant daughters,...

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