Female Oppression : A Woman 's Vindication For Her Rights

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Female Oppression: A Woman’s Vindication for Her Rights
During the 18th century, the lives and treatment towards women differed greatly from women compared to today. The liberties and accommodations for women that we are accustomed to in our modern age did not exist back then; and when it came to what women were allowed to do in the 18th century, men typically governed and made all of the decisions. Writer and activist Mary Wollstonecraft defended the rights of women; and instead of merely falling into “her place” in society as a woman, she utilized her writing by acting as a voice and fighting for change in the social aftermath that society had dealt women. In her piece, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Wollstonecraft articulated her feminist manifesto that men are the force imposing oppression on women in three key aspects of life: in education, in jobs, and in sexual freedom.
In her first point, her heaviest focus present in A Vindication, Wollstonecraft argues that women deserve to be educated the same way that men are educated. She wrote that “one cause of this barren blooming I attribute to a false system of education” in which men were granted an education, but women on the other hand received little to no education. This foremost reason left women rendered as “weak” and left women in a state of dependence on a male companion. “If she be not prepared by education to become the companion of man, she will stop the progress of knowledge” (Wollstonecraft, 1792). Men…
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