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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (Revolutions)by Mary Wollstonecraft
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'It would be an endless task to trace the variety of meannesses, cares, and sorrows, into which women are plunged by the prevailing opinion that they were created rather to feel than reason, and that all the power they obtain, must be obtained by their charms and weakness."Mary Wollstonecraft
First written in 1790, Mary Wollstonecraft"s book remains one of the very first works of feminist thought. Groundbreaking in its demands for women"s education although subsequently criticized by some for its ambiguity towards the notion of women"s equality, A Vindicationremains one of the most important texts arguing for women"s rights. Renowned feminist writer Sheila Rowbotham puts Wollstonecraft"s life and work in a new light.
About Revolutions: This essential new series features classic texts by key figures who took center stage during a period of insurrection. Each book is introduced by a major contemporary radical writer who shows how these incendiary words still have the power to inspire, to provoke and maybe to ignite new revolutions '
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First published in 1792 in response to Talleyrand's report to the French National Assembly recommending that women only be given education in domestic matters, Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman is a foundational text of European bourgeois feminism (although the term "feminism" had of course yet to be invented). This volume reproduces Wollstonecraft's pamphlet with some minor changes modernizing punctuation and spelling. It is introduced by socialist feminist Rowbotham (U. of Manchester, UK), who places the work and its author in historical and biographical context and traces the evolution of Wollstonecraft's reputation through history. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A renowned historian introduces Mary Wollestonecraft's seminal feminist tract.
Revolutions: classic revolutionary writings set ablaze by today's radical writers.
“It would be an endless task to trace the variety of meannesses, cares, and sorrows, into which women are plunged by the prevailing opinion that they were created rather to feel than reason, and that all the power they obtain, must be obtained by their charms and weakness.”—Mary Wollstonecraft
Composed in 1790, Mary Wollstonecraft’s seminal feminist tract A Vindication of the Rights of Woman broke new ground in its demand for women’s education. A Vindication remains one of history’s most important and elegant broadsides against sexual oppression. In her introduction, renowned socialist feminist Sheila Rowbotham casts Wollstonecraft’s life and work in a new light.
About the Author
Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) first achieved fame for her A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), in which she extended the radical idea of the “rights of man” to women and laid the groundwork for modern feminism.
Sheila Rowbotham is Honorary Research Fellow in Sociology in the School of Social Sciences within the Faculty of Humanities at Manchester University and Visiting Fellow in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Her many books include the James Tait Black-shortlisted Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love, A Century of Women: The History of Women in Britain and the United States in the Twentieth Century, Promise Of A Dream: Remembering the Sixties, and Dreamers of a New Day: Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century. She has written for, among other newspapers, the Guardian, The Times, The Independent, New Statesman, and The New York Times. She lives in Manchester.
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