Women During The Nineteenth Century Essays

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“…If one half of mankind be chained to its bottom by fate, for they will be continually undermining it through ignorance or pride” (Jacobus, 656). The eighteenth-century was a time of struggle for women, stemming from the issues of the previous centuries. At the start of the century, women could not vote, they had no access to higher education, and they were excluded from professional occupations. A wife had no legal identity apart from her husband. She could not be sued, sign a contract nor could she own property. She was not permitted to control her own wages or gain custody of her children in case of separation or divorce. Mary Wollstonecraft was one of these women in the eighteenth-century struggling for her independence and freedom. Wollstonecraft was unlike any other women in this century though, in the fact that she pursued a full-time professional writing career. She wrote on serious subjects, and became most known for her A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792). Stimulated by her family’s financial problems, Wollstonecraft set to in some manner make her own way. She pursued the usual opportunities open to smart but poor young women. At only 19, she was a live-in helper for a wealthy widow. Wollstonecraft was not like the majority of women in her time who got married for no other reason than security. She believed that women were sensible and rational, and they did not need a husband for identity. Wollstonecraft wrote her A Vindication of the Rights of Woman in…

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