A Vindication Of The Rights Of Women

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America has roots deeply ingrained in sexism; a great illustration is that fact that it was not until 1920 that women were granted suffrage. To put that in perspective, in the United States, women have been voting for less than 100 years. With Mary Wollstonecraft’s book, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: with Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects being published in 1792 and launching 19th century feminism and the fight for women’s rights going since then, many would think that equality would be here by now.Unfortunately, it is not. However, women did receive suffrage in the United States on August 26, 1920. The road to getting there, however, was a long and rough one. In response to Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord 's 1791 report to the French National Assembly that had stated that the only education a woman should receive is one the domestic nature, Wollstonecraft wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. In this piece she talks of women in a seemingly “abstract” way as she does not apply her reasonings to only British women or women of the 18th century. She says that women should also be educated so they can have opportunities to contribute in society. She tells of the fact that society will collapse without educated women as they have influence over young children as mothers. Wollstonecraft also writes, "taught from their infancy that beauty is woman 's sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and, roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn
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