A Vindication of the Rights of Woman | Study Guide

Mary Wollstonecraft

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman | Chapter Summaries


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Note • Mary Wollstonecraft begins with a note directed to French statesman Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord (M. Talleyr... Read More
Advertisement Wollstonecraft informs the reader she had intended to divide this work into three parts, but she has decided to "present... Read More
Introduction Wollstonecraft believes a lack of quality education is responsible for many of the differences between people. The pitif... Read More
Chapter 1 Wollstonecraft begins with general principles she believes the reader will accept. She identifies reason, virtue, and kn... Read More
Chapter 2 Wollstonecraft claims differences between men and women are largely because of how girls are raised. She acknowledges qu... Read More
Chapter 3 Wollstonecraft asserts that "bodily strength seems to give man a natural superiority over women ... the only solid basis... Read More
Chapter 4 Wollstonecraft says women have been "degraded" by society, a lack of education, and the attitudes of men. Society and th... Read More
Chapter 5 In this chapter, Wollstonecraft critically addresses how some other writers have written about women. Section 1: R... Read More
Chapter 6 With this perspective on the current state of women's education, Wollstonecraft asks how such an education could possibl... Read More
Chapter 7 Wollstonecraft defines modesty in two ways: the traditional way associated with the body and sexuality and also a modest... Read More
Chapter 8 Wollstonecraft challenges the overriding importance of a "good reputation." According to Wollstonecraft, people claim "r... Read More
Chapter 9 Wollstonecraft takes aim at society in general because it respects people of wealth rather than people of worth. She rem... Read More
Chapter 10 Wollstonecraft says many parents "love their children in the most brutal manner" and "sacrifice every relative duty to p... Read More
Chapter 11 Wollstonecraft now addresses children's responsibility to their parents. "If parents discharge their duty they have a st... Read More
Chapter 12 Wollstonecraft argues education must become a national concern. She analyzes the current options of education available ... Read More
Chapter 13 The full title of this final chapter is "Some Instances of the Folly Which the Ignorance of Women Generates, with Conclu... Read More
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