Although Wollstonecraft's work was radical in its day; by modern standards, it reads as a tame piece of feminist literature. Therefore, one might ask, what relevance does it have for our times?
In Vindication, Wollstonecraft assumes that a woman's role in life is to be a wife and mother. She argues that society would benefit if women were better educated for that role. If women were provided educations more like those given men, they would be better wives to their husbands. They would also be better mothers, capable of raising wise, knowledgable, and sober children.
However, Wollstonecraft notes, women in her time are raised and educated to be manipulative and childlike. They are taught to focus on fashion and flirtation. Because of the gap between how they and their husbands are educated, it is difficult for the average woman to be a rational helpmeet to her husband. Wollstonecraft also argues that if women had more rights and equality in marriage, they would be encouraged to behave...
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