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At the time she wrote this, Wollstonecraft had no children of her own. Her analysis is based, therefore, on her own experiences as a child and on observations of parents of her former students. Her personal experiences were difficult. Her father was reportedly abusive and wasted the family's money. Wollstonecraft received a haphazard education, but she needed to support herself after her mother's death. She may be thinking of her father when she speaks of the parental inclination to "tyrannize" children.
To Wollstonecraft, duty was particularly important and a mother's duty is to her children. Yet Wollstonecraft would not excuse mothers from the need to pursue an education. She argues a well-educated woman will be a better mother. Many present-day health advocates argue for improving educational access for girls in developing nations because increasing and improving girls' education benefits the overall health of a nation in multiple ways, including reduced rates of maternal and child death and the general improvement of children's health. Wollstonecraft was right, but it would be many years before research studies provided proof for her theses.