A Vindication Of The Rights Of Women Essay

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
“A Vindication of the Rights of Woman” is significant because it allowed women to gain freedom, equality and was an influential component in developing the power and status that women hold today.
Mary Wollstonecraft was born on April 27, 1759 in Spitalfields, London and died on September 10, 1797 in London, UK. She was a philosopher, critic, novelist, writer and advocate for woman’s rights (Johnstone). She is known to be “the first of a new genus” (Clark), and a founding mother of feminism (Campbell). According to Women Suffrage and Beyond, growing up Wollstonecraft suffered from oppressive gender roles. Her mother, Elizabeth Dixon, and father’s, Edward John Wollstonecraft, marriage was an influence in her writing, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, because he was an excessive drinker and an abusive father. Another influence in her writing was her previous composition, A Vindication of the Rights of Men. Writing A Vindication of the Rights of Woman was a risk she thought was worth taking because it was something that had never been written or talked about at any length, but she also wanted to fight for what she deserved. According to Unitarian Universalist History and Heritage Society, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman was a response to Jean -Jacques Rousseau who recommended “girls be given a different education from boys, one that would train them to be submissive and manipulative” (Jones). In her writing she states, “Rousseau…

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