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Jun 12, 2001
| ISBN 9780375757228
Jul 21, 2010
| ISBN 9780307757814
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Jun 12, 2001 | ISBN 9780375757228
Jul 21, 2010 | ISBN 9780307757814
First published in 1792, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman was an instant success, turning its thirty-three-year-old author into a minor celebrity. A pioneering work of early feminism that extends to women the Enlightenment principle of “the rights of man,” its argument remains as relevant today as it was for Woll-stonecraft’s contemporaries. “Mary Wollstonecraft was not the first writer to call for women to receive a real, challenging education,” writes Katha Pollitt in the new Introduction. “But she was the first to connect the education of women to the transformation of women’s social position, of relations between the sexes, and even of society itself. She was the first to argue that women’s intellectual equality would and should have actual consequences. The winds of change sweep through her pages.” This classic work of early feminism remains as relevant and passionate today as it was for Wollstonecraft’s contemporaries. This edition includes new explanatory notes.
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The first great manifesto of women’s rights, published in 1792 and an immediate best seller, made its author the toast of radical circles and the target of reactionary ones. Writing just after the French and American revolutions, Mary Wollstonecraft firmly established the demand for women’s emancipation in the context of the ever-widening urge for human rights and individual freedom that surrounded those two great upheavals. She thereby opened the richest, most productive vein in feminist thought, and her success can be judged by the fact that her once radical polemic, through the efforts of the innumerable writers and activities she influenced, has become the accepted wisdom of the modern era. Challenging the prevailing culture that trained women to be nothing more than docile, decorative wives and mothers, Wollstonecraft was an ardent advocate of equal education and the full development of women’s rational capacities. Having supported herself independently as a governess and teacher before finding success as a writer, and having conducted unconventional relationships with men, Wollstonecraft faced severe criticism both for her life choices and for her ideas. In A Vindication of the Rights of Woman she dared to ask a question whose urgency is undiminished in our time: how can women be both female and free?
Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-97) was an educational, political and feminist writer who early in her life worked as a companion, teacher and governess. In 1788 she settled in London as a translator and reader for the publisher Joseph Johnson, becoming part… More about Mary Wollstonecraft
"We hear [Mary Wollstonecraft’s] voice and trace her influence even now among the living."
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