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1759- Born to Edward Wollstonecraft and Elizabeth Dixon in London1774- Wollstonecraft family moves to Hixton1781- Wollsteoncraft moves home to nurse her sick mother, who dies next year1784 - Newington Green School (Thoughts on the Education of Daughters)1788- Joseph Johnson Analytical Review1792 - Rights of Women, France, and Gilbert1794 - Fanny Imlay is born1796- Meets Willaim Godwin1797 - Marrys Godwin due to pregnancy. Gives birth to dauther Mary, dies due to complications with childbirth.

One of the first feministsLived her life freely. Spoke on equal levels with men. Determined to be intellectually equal. Her unrestricted lifestyle became more famous than her works during her life time. She was a scandal: had a child out of wedlock, expressed radical opinions, argued and disagreed with men. This scandal overpowered her opinions/works during her time. Today her works are seen as having been revolutionary, especially in regards to feminism. Many of her political and philisophical works are still considered relevant today. She is admired for breaking the boundries set by society for women and her independence.



Mary Wollstonecraft



Women's Rights

Focused on the rationality of women and equalityof educaitonBelieved that women have the same capability for reason as men and should be raised to cultivated that. Argued with men as an equal Political rights for women (representatives, votes)Wanted women to feel independant and to have identities beyond their husbandsWanted equality within marriage (higher friendship)Hoped one day women wouldn't feel they had to getmarried to live well. Work in direct opposition to Jean Jacques Rosseau's opinion on women's education as expressed in Emile

Family: abusive father, many siblingsAffairs: Henry Fuseli and Gilbert Imlay Spouse: William GodwinChildren: Fanny Imlay, Mary Shelly


Very vocal in her support of the French RevolutionAttacked the aristocracy in FranceDisapproved of arbitrary power, due to her belief in reasonAdvocated equality of classes just as she did equality of gendersVindication of the Rights of Men argues with friend Thomas Paine against Edmund's Burke's defense of Old Regime.



Virtue can only flourish among equals.- Wollstonecraft

"I do not wish for [women] to have power over men; but over themselves"- Wollstonecraft

The being cannot be termed rational or virtuous, who obeys any authority, but that of reason.- Wollstonecraft


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