A Vindication Of The Rights Of Women By Mary Wollstonecraft

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“I have a profound conviction that women are rendered weak and wretched, especially by a false system of education, gathered from books written by men who have been more anxious to make women alluring mistresses than rational wives.” (Mary Wollstonecraft. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.) Mary Wollstonecraft’s main argument was to denounce the unfair treatment that many women had to endure since the moment of their birth being object of segregation from mainly men and all of society as they were viewed as only trophies to accompany men and to be stay at home mothers. We can consider Wollstonecraft to be a pioneer of feminism this book being a response to Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s “Declaration of the Rights of Men and of Citizens” where he clearly excludes women.

Having been a victim of the same segregation is what maked Wollstonecraft so passionate about this subject. These writings are a reflection of the conditions of her own life having had a hard upbringing, being abused by her father and sustaining hard situations in an unfortunate life. More than an gender feminism she worked towards equal opportunity as a result of living in a society that did not offer that. Wollstonecraft mainly writes a controversy and presents a resistance towards the works of other authors, those being men. She addresses her ideas to those contrary of men who thought that a woman should not be educated and if so only a domestic education as did M. Talleyrand-Perigord who she boldly
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