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Encyclopedia > A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
Mary Wollstonecraft. Vindication of the Rights of Woman: with Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects. Boston: Peter Edes for Thomas and Andrews, 1792, frontispiece. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress
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Mary Wollstonecraft. Vindication of the Rights of Woman: with Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects. Boston: Peter Edes for Thomas and Andrews, 1792, frontispiece. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress

Written in 1792, Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman is one of the earliest works on "the woman question" and influenced the earliest feminists in England and America in the 19th century, primarily in their distancing themselves from the work due to the controversial life of its author. Image File history File links Wollstonecraft-right-of-woman. ... Image File history File links Wollstonecraft-right-of-woman. ... 1792 was a leap year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Mary Wollstonecraft; stipple engraving by James Heath, ca. ... In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, women in many European countries organized and agitated for greater political, legal, and economic rights. ... Feminism is a diverse, competing, and often opposing collection of social theories, political movements, and moral philosophies, largely motivated by or concerning the experiences of women. ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location (dark green) within the British Isles Languages None official English de facto Capital None official London de facto Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population – Total (mid-2004) – Total (2001... Motto: E pluribus unum (1789 to 1956) (Latin: Out of Many, One) In God We Trust (1956 to present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at federal level; English de facto Government • President • Vice President Federal republic George... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Some major themes of this work are education for girls, the debased position of women in society, the necessary equality of men and women, and the right of women to work. Wollstonecraft intended this work to be a response to Rousseau's Émile which discusses education for boys. Wollstonecraft's argument in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman was that boys and girls should be educated equally while in Émile the education of boys and girls is not equal. Social equality is a social state of affairs in which certain different people have the same status in a certain respect, minimally at least in voting rights, freedom of speech and assembly, and property rights. ... Emile (1762) by Jean-Jacques Rousseau is a treatise on education. ... Emile (1762) by Jean-Jacques Rousseau is a treatise on education. ...


Mary Wollstonecraft is the mother of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, the author of Frankenstein. In Frankenstein, Shelley incorporates many of the ideas brought forth by her mother in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Book covers for Frankenstein have taken many forms over the years which emphasize different themes of the novel such as gothic horror, science fiction and romanticism. ... Book covers for Frankenstein have taken many forms over the years which emphasize different themes of the novel such as gothic horror, science fiction and romanticism. ...


Shortly after publication, an anonymous parody appeared entitled "A Vindication of the Rights of Beasts," in which the author (now known to be Cambridge Philosopher Thomas Taylor) applied all of Wollstonecraft's arguments to the rights of animals, showing that the same justifications that kept women subservient, could also be applied to animals. Thomas Taylor (1758 - 1835) was an English translator, born in London. ...


Chapter titles include:


CHAP. I. The rights and involved duties of mankind considered


CHAP. II. The prevailing opinion of a sexual character discussed


CHAP. III. The same subject continued


CHAP. IV. Observations on the state of degradation to which woman is reduced by various causes


CHAP. V. Animadversions on some of the writers who have rendered women objects of pity, bordering on contempt


CHAP. VI. The effect which an early association of ideas has upon the character


CHAP. VII. Modesty.—Comprehensively considered, and not as a sexual virtue


CHAP. VIII. Morality undermined by sexual notions of the importance of a good reputation


CHAP. IX. Of the pernicious effects which arise from the unnatural distinctions established in society


CHAP. X. Parental affection


CHAP. XI. Duty to parents


CHAP. XII. On national education


CHAP. XIII. Some instances of the folly which the ignorance of women generates; with concluding reflections on the moral improvement that a revolution in female manners may naturally be expected to produce


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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (313 words)
Written in 1792, Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman is one of the earliest works on "the woman question" and influenced the earliest feminists in England and America in the 19th century, primarily in their distancing themselves from the work due to the controversial life of its author.
Wollstonecraft's argument in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman was that boys and girls should be educated equally while in Émile the education of boys and girls is not equal.
Shortly after publication, an anonymous parody appeared entitled "A Vindication of the Rights of Beasts," in which the author (now known to be Cambridge Philosopher Thomas Taylor) applied all of Wollstonecraft's arguments to the rights of animals, showing that the same justifications that kept women subservient, could also be applied to animals.
Chap. II. Wollstonecraft, Mary. 1792. The Rights of Woman (5628 words)
Rousseau declares that a woman should never, for a moment, feel herself independent, that she should be governed by fear to exercise her natural cunning, and made a coquetish slave in order to render her a more alluring object of desire, a sweeter companion to man, whenever he chooses to relax himself.
He carries the arguments, which he pretends to draw from the indications of nature, still further, and insinuates that truth and fortitude, the corner stones of all human virtue, should be cultivated with certain restrictions, because, with respect to the female character, obedience is the grand lesson which ought to be impressed with unrelenting rigour.
The woman who has only been taught to please will soon find that her charms are oblique sunbeams, and that they cannot have much effect on her husband's heart when they are seen every day, when the summer is passed and gone.
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