Deja Williams • Introduction
Mary Wollstonecraft was born April 27, 1759, in London. She was the second child and eldest daughter of Elizabeth Dixon, who hailed from Ballyshannon, Ireland. Mary’s father, Edward John Wollstonecraft, was a handkerchief weaver. He decided to become a gentleman farmer after he got an inheritance from his father, a master weaver and residential real estate developer, but farming was a bust. The family moved seven times in ten years as their finances deteriorated. Edward drank heavily, and Mary often had to protect her mother from his violent outbursts. She had rocky relations with her siblings.
Wollstonecraft was strongly influence by Thomas Paine (as an English and American political activist, philosopher, political theorist and revolutionary) Also argued that women deserved equal rights. She saw how her own father treated her mother as property and refused to allow the same future. When she became old enough, she earned a living as a governess, but was bored with this work and wanted to challenge her intellect. In 1790, Wollstonecraft wrote her essay "A Vindication of the Rights of Men "based on her reaction to the French Revolution. This essay influenced her famous feminist social study "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman," which she wrote two years later. Mary Wollstonecraft is also known as the mother of feminist and Enlightenment Thinker
Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Shelley) was raised by her father and a stepmother once her mother