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Wollstonecraft Vs Rousseau

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Women’s rights in the enlightenment period of Europe was a topic of great contest. Women wanted the same rights as men, rights men were not willing to give up. At the forefront of this battle were two intellectuals with views that seemed to be polar opposites. On one side was Jean-Jacques Rousseau, holding the opinion that “all education of women must be relative to men” and they were created to cater towards their husband and children. Mary Wollstonecraft was of an opposing opinion, she believed that the education of women must promote “liberty and self-reliance”. Rousseau’s opinion of women was the more popular at the time. Rousseau argued that in a relationship between a man and a woman, the man should have all the power while the woman
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