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Mary Wollstonecraft

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Context Year the French Revolution began in earnest—three years before Wollstonecraft moved to France 1789 Children Wollstonecraft conceived out of wedlock, which was scandalous at that time 2 Days Wollstonecraft lived after the birth of her second child ~10 Year Wollstonecraft’s husband, William Godwin, wrote a biography about her 1798 A Vindication of the Rights of Womanby the Numbers Sources: BBC, Biography.com, British Library, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Symbols Chains & Cages Represent how women are prevented from having the lives they want Motherhood When practiced alongside self-reliance and education, represents the best of what a woman can be Barbarians Represent out-of-date beliefs society should have abandoned Wollstonecraft was an educator and writer who argued passionately for women’s rights. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman broke new ground, but her controversial personal choices sometimes overshadowed her work. Decades after her death, feminists cited Wollstonecraft as an inspiration, and she continues to inspire today. Author MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT1759–97 Enlightenment This philosophy, focused on ideas like democracy and rationality, inspired revolutions in America and France. Wollstonecraft was one of the first to apply these principles to women. Women’s Lives in Late 18th-Century England Women had no rights; Wollstonecraft wanted to use education to increase equality in society. Feminism, Sensibility & Sexuality Wollstonecraft’s call for equality was limited but shocking for its time—one of the first feminist treatises. An Argument for Gender Equality According to Wollstonecraft, a truly free society would provide education and job opportunities for women as well as for men. She points out how English society in the 1700s fails to offer any meaningful opportunities for women, and she outlines an educational program for both men and women. MAIN IDEAS Natural Rights & Liberty All humans should have natural rights like life and liberty—but women are not free. Importance of Reason Wollstonecraft thinks women can be as rational as men and argues there is a place for emotion within a rational life. Duty Wollstonecraft argues women need more education to better perform their duties as citizens. Mary Wollstonecraft, Introduction y own sex, I hope, will excuse me, if I treat them like rational creatures. French Original Language 1946 Years Published Jean-Paul Sartre Author English Original Language 1792 Year Published Mary Wollstonecraft Author A Vindication of the Rights of Woman Primary Source Argument

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