Catherine Macaulay: Her Vindication Of The Rights Of Woman

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The greatest of these feminist ‘Amazons’ was Mary Wollstonecraft. Her Vindication of the Rights of Woman was published in 1792, and still speaks directly to us. But she was by no means alone. Catherine Macaulay was one of the women figures of the 18th century. She is well-known for her multi-volume History of England. In 1790, she wrote Letters on Education, arguing, as Wollstonecraft would do a little later, that women’s weaknesses were utterly abnormal and unnatural, but were yielded by the bad quality of education that women were subject to. Macaulay was also a ferocious opponent to the sexual double standard, insisting that a one single sexual experience does not turn a virgin into a wanton. She adamantly discarded the notion that women

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