Tag: Mary Wollstonecraft

A Defense of Women: The Writings of Mary Wollstonecraft

Written for a college class, spring 2005

When Mary Wollstonecraft said that “ It would be an endless task to trace the variety of meannesses, cares, and sorrows, into which women are plunged by the prevailing opinion […]” she was a woman who was thinking ahead of her time (Bartelby). Her ideas transformed public opinion on the subject, and inspired generations of women to follow. Wollstonecraft showed the world that animosity was building between men and women, and that the only solution to put an end to it was to change the way society viewed and treated women, particularly under the rule of law. The concept of allowing women to hold property or serve on a jury was, before she published her “Vindication of the Rights of Woman”, foreign to the 18th century world. The movement for equality for women might have died before it ever began without her powerful writings on the subject.… [Read More]