A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Book - 2004 | Revised edition
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In an age of ferment, following the American and French revolutions, Mary Wollstonecraft took prevailing egalitarian principles and dared to apply them to women. Her book is both a sustained argument for emancipation and an attack on a social and an economic system. As Miriam Brody points out in her introduction, subsequent feminists tended to lose sight of her radical objectives. For Mary Wollstonecraft all aspects of women's existence were interrelated, and any effective reform depended on the redistribution of political and economic power.
Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin Books, 2004
Edition: Revised edition
ISBN: 9780141441252
Branch Call Number: 305.4 W86v6
Characteristics: lxxx, 269 pages ; 20 cm


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Wollstonecraft 's text shaped the thinking of the suffragettes who later campaigned for the women's vote starting in the late 19th century.
A Vindication is the first great women's philosophical treatise; it sets out on a seeming... Read More »

Published in 1792, Mary Wollstonecraft presents the idea that women are not innately inferior to men, but rather women’s lack of knowledge is due to their lack of rights to education. She emphasizes the need for both sexes to be treated as rational beings for society to prosper and function succ... Read More »

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Dec 03, 2018

An extremely engaging book to read - nearly every sentence trips along and uses an entrancing blend of precision and metaphors. The arguments, where they are discernible, are brief, really only a few sentences long, often contained in two paragraphs. Much of the rest is exposition (bordering on caricature), complaint, and energetic condemnation. No index.
A special mention must be made of the lengthy introduction - a whopping seventy pages! (the work itself is only about 240 pages) Its packed to the hilt with overwrought blathering and pretentious waffling and gives the information about the author, her circumstances, and the intellectual milieu in which the work was composed. But all that could have been done in twenty pages.

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