27 April 1759 – 10 September 1797

Mary Wollstonecraft by John Opie

Mary Wollstonecraft by John Opie

An eighteenth-century British writer, philosopher, and feminist. During her brief career, she wrote novels, treatises, a travel narrative, a history of the French Revolution, a conduct book, and a children’s book. Wollstonecraft is best known for A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), in which she argues that women are not naturally inferior to men, but appear to be only because they lack education. She suggests that both men and women should be treated as rational beings and imagines a social order founded on reason.

Political Pamphlets

  1. A Vindication of the Rights of Men, in a Letter to the Right Honourable Edmund Burke; Occasioned by His Reflections on the Revolution in France, 1790

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    The Letter
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One Response to “Mary Wollstonecraft”


  1. […] as well as entering such a marriage willingly. A range of very different authors from Daniel Defoe, Mary Wollstonecraft to Charlotte Turner Smith called it legalised prostitution. Actually Defoe was even harsher, […]


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