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Once women were educated, Wollstonecraft asserted that women would then be properly trained to be the best wives and mothers, but most of all sensible and rational beings. She believed that reason and sensibility were superior to emotion. As Simon Swift states, “part of the appeal of reading reason and sentiment as antithetical at this period surely derived from the way in which the antithesis allows for an orderly and traditionalist subordination of sentiment to reason, the kind of subjection of enthusiasm to intellect that would suggest that enthusiasm made manifest without the guiding hand of reason will always lead to irrationalism” (Swift 2006, 22). This way, women could attain equality by gaining the necessary skills that men had already acquired. Through her writings, Mary Wollstonecraft was an early feminist and advocate for women’s rights. She argued that through the proper education, women could become self- thinking, reasonable, and intellectual while fulfilling their roles as wives and mothers. She called for changes in the current system including the advancement of education for girls. Unquestionably, she would have been opposed to Aristotle’s early theories of women’s rights and their place in society. Although her writings were not particularly well perceived when they were first published, Wollstonecraft is now considered to be a pioneering feminist who paved the way for millions of women.
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Zaw, Susan Khin. The Reasonable Heart: Mary Wollstonecraft's View of the Relation between Reason and Feeling in Morality, Moral Psychology, and Moral Development. Hypatia. Winter, 1998, Vol. 13, Issue 1, p78-117, 40p.; Blackwell Publishing; Hypatia, Inc.
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