Summarize "To M. Talleyrand-Perigord, Late Bishop of Autun" by Mary Wollstonecraft.

The letter addressed to Talleyrand from Mary Wollstonecraft is the dedication of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. This dedication states that the work is a response to Talleyrand's Education report, in which he states that women should only receive a domestic education. In the letter, Wollstonecraft lays out her argument for why women should have equal opportunity for education. She believes that it is the only way to have an independent, moral, just, and virtuous society.

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This letter is the dedication of Mary Wollstonecraft’s philosophical essay A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: with Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects, written as a direct reaction to Talleyrand’s 1791 report to the French National Assembly, which argued that women should only receive a domestic education.

In this dedication, Wollstonecraft first asks Talleyrand to give her work consideration, even though she knows that he will not agree with it. She states that she is “[pleading] for [her] sex”, not herself, because she knows that independence is the root of all virtues. She wants to see “woman placed in a station in which she would advance… the progress of those glorious principles that give a substance to morality”. She argues that the reason France is the most intellectually superior country is because of “the social intercourse which has long subsisted between the sexes”. She acknowledges that French women do not always display the best manners. However,...

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