Brief Biography of Mary Wollstonecraft: A Feminist

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Mary Wollstonecraft was one of the very first English feminists (1). She had brilliant ideas and wrote about them all the time. She often found herself hating other women in which she thought they were the definition of what was wrong with the women population. She wanted women to take a stand and fight for their educational rights, not to be weak and depend on men for their identity (2). Mary Wollstonecraft wasn’t taken seriously by many people during her time because her ideas were so unique, her scandalous personal life, and her two kids out of wedlock. Even though people had similar ideas as Mary her work was still very unique and controversial for her time period (4). Mary was a moral and political theorist (1) as well as a women’s rights activist (3) who’s main work was female pedagogical, teachers and education (1). She was a true French Revolution child, a new age of reason and benevolence (5). She wanted women to achieve a better life, not only for themselves but for their children and husbands too and to bring together what people already had and “ultimate perfection” (5). Mary argued that women’s education was “strictly training them to be incapable and frivolous” so they could only be wives and mothers (4), but she wanted to secure happiness for women and men so they could be looked at as equals (1). Mary thought politically changing the status of women would benefit all of society so women could be more than just wives and mothers, they could be business

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