W is for Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary Wollstonecraft was born in London on April 27, 1759. She was a British philosopher, writer, and an advocate for women’s rights. She wrote novels and books, and even children’s book. However, she is mostly known for A Vindication of the Rights of Woman which is one of the most important documents in the history of women’s rights. This document highlights her life and how it affected her work. She argues the right of woman to be educated, because she is responsible for training the children. She practiced what she believed in often reviled by her contemporaries.

Quotes by Mary Wollstonecraft: Women are systematically degraded by receiving the trivial attentions which men think it manly to pay to the sex, when, in fact, men are insultingly supporting their own superiority.
Mary Wollstonecraft

Strengthen the female mind by enlarging it, and there will be an end to blind obedience.
Mary Wollstonecraft

 

She had two affairs one with Henry Fuseli and the other with Gilbert Imlay to who she gave birth to a daughter called Fanny. Then Wollstonecraft married William Godwin, a philosopher and one of the anarchist movement’s forefathers. Sadly Wollstonecraft, who had several unfinished manuscripts, died on September 10, 1797 at the age of thirty-eight and just ten days after giving birth to her second daughter, Mary.

You might know her daughter Mary…she was called Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin. Still don’t know her? After she married Percy Shelley, she became Mary Shelley the author of the book, Frankenstein.

Bibliography

http://womenshistory.about.com/od/wollstonecraft/a/Mary-Wollstonecraft.htm

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/mary_wollstonecraft.html#jCZWOpjAJDF8pvJD.99

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/empire_seapower/wollstonecraft_01.shtml

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Wollstonecraft

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