Mary Wollstonecraft was a well-bred young woman forced to support herself because of her father's bad financial decisions. She attempted to run a school and be a governess before getting a job working for a London publisher. She published several works on philosophical topics, but the subject of women's rights and women's education became her most important. In later years her personal life was controversial: she twice became pregnant out of wedlock. She died of complications after giving birth to her second daughter. Her personal choices overshadowed her writing for many years, but feminists in America and England began to embrace her writing, and in the 20th century her contributions finally began to get more acknowledgement from scholars.