Essay Wollstonecraft 's Views On Women 's Rights

824 Words Jun 16th, 2016 4 Pages
Mary Wollstonecraft was a feminist Enlightenment author whose main concern about women 's rights was education. To be a female writer and to write about feminist views, even for a man, was not taking very seriously at the time. Wollstonecraft took on Jean-Jacque Rousseau, a famous and sexist author, to publicize her ideas and bring attention to the problem so boys and girls can be taught the same material throughout their years in school as well as at home. In the first few chapters of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Wollstonecraft stresses the importance of education to achieve virtue and develop reason. "Consequently the perfection of our nature and capability of happiness, must be estimated by the degree of reason, virtue, and knowledge, that distinguish the individual, and direct the laws which bind society: and that from the exercise of reason, knowledge and virtue naturally flow, is equally undeniable, if mankind be viewed collectively." Wollstonecraft says this because she has lived in a monarch where power has been handed down but to faintly educated men who make poor decisions. To not educate everyone, upper or lower class, man or woman, is destructive to a society because everyone is naïve and lacks virtue and reason. Wollstonecraft continues in later chapters to claim that everyone should know how to be independent without a companion before getting into a relationship. As dependent as women were on their husbands, husbands were also dependent on their wives…

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