A Vindication of the Right of Women and Woman in the Nineteenth Century

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Education of Women in A Vindication of the Right of Women and Woman in the Nineteenth Century

In two centuries where women have very little or no rights at all, Mary Wollstonecraft and Margaret Fuller appear as claiming voices, as two followers of feminism. Two women separated by a century but united by the same ideals. In these male- dominated societies, these two educated women tried to vindicate their rights through one of the few areas where they could show their intelligence: literature. So, in the 18th century we find Wollstonecraft´s A Vindication of the Right of Women and in the 19th her successor Margaret Fuller’s Woman in the Nineteenth Century. Two books written with the same purpose: to vindicate the rights of
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To render also the social compact truly equitable… women must be allowed to found their virtue on Knowledge, which is scarcely possible unless they be educated by the same pursuits as men.” (Wollstonecraft 293) She put emphasis on physical health, insisted on exercise and play and suggested that all should study biology in order to be better parents: “In public schools women should be taught the elements of anatomy and medicine, not only to enable them to take proper care of their own health, but to make rational nurses of their infants…” (Wollstonecraft 298) She thought that men and women should be educated to a great degree by the opinions and manners of the society in which they live, here we understand that the most perfect education for women is that which enables them to virtuous and become independent. This was Rousseau’s opinion and she extended it to women. Rousseau was against the education of women and Wollstonecraft is going to make clear throughout the book that she completely disagreed with him.

Although Wollstonecraft assumed the education of
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