A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

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Vindication of the Rights of Woman Return to Renascence Editions Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) Mary Wollstonecraft Note on the e-text: this Renascence Editions text is that of the ERIS Project ASCII edition. The text is in the public domain. Content unique to this presentation is copyright © 2000 The University of Oregon. For nonprofit and educational uses only. Send comments and corrections to the Publisher, rbear[at]uoregon.edu. A VINDICATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN: WITH STRICTURES ON POLITICAL AND MORAL SUBJECTS. http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/%7Erbear/wollstonecraft2.html (1 of 219)4/11/2005 6:14:18 AM
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Vindication of the Rights of Woman _______ B Y MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT. _______ L O N D O N: PRINTED FOR J. JOHNSON, N o 72, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH YARD. ____ 1792. DEDICATION To M. Talleyrand-Périgord, Late Bishop Of Autun. Sir,-- Having read with great pleasure a pamphlet which you have lately published, I dedicate this volume to you; [-- the first dedication that I have ever written, to induce you to read it with attention; and, because I think that you will understand me, which I do not suppose many pert witlings, who may ridicule the arguments they are unable to answer. But, sir, I carry my respect for your understanding still farther; so far that I am confident you will not throw my work aside, and hastily conclude that I am in the wrong, because you did not view the subject in the same light yourself. And, pardon my frankness, but I must observe, that you treated it in too cursory a manner, contented to consider it as it had been considered formerly, when the rights of man, not to advert to woman, were trampled on as chimerical-- I call upon you, therefore, now to weigh] to induce you to reconsider the subject, and maturely weigh what I have advanced respecting the rights of woman and national education: and I call with the firm tone of humanity; for my arguments, Sir, are dictated by a disinterested spirit-- I plead for my sex-- not for myself. Independence I have long considered as the grand blessing of life, the basis of every virtue-- and independence I will ever http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/%7Erbear/wollstonecraft2.html (2 of 219)4/11/2005 6:14:18 AM
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Vindication of the Rights of Woman secure by contracting my wants, though I were to live on a barren heath. It is then an affection for the whole human race that makes my pen dart rapidly along to support what I believe to be the cause of virtue: and the same motive leads me earnestly to wish to see woman placed in a station in which she would advance, instead of retarding, the progress of those glorious principles that give a substance to morality. My opinion, indeed, respecting the rights and duties of woman seems to flow so naturally from these simple principles, that I think it scarcely possible, but that some of the enlarged minds who formed your admirable constitution, will coincide with me. In France there is undoubtedly a more general diffusion of
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