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First published in 1792, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman was an instant success, turning its thirty-three-year-old author into a minor celebrity. A pioneering work of early feminism that extends to women the Enlightenment principle of "the rights of man," its argument remains as relevant today as it was for Woll-stonecraft's contemporaries. "Mary Wollstonecraft was not the first writer to call for women to receive a real, challenging education," writes Katha Pollitt in the new Introduction. "But she was the first to connect the education of women to the transformation of women's social position, of relations between the sexes, and even of society itself. She was the first to argue that women's intellectual equality would and should have actual consequences. The winds of change sweep through her pages."
This classic work of early feminism remains as relevant and passionate today as it was for Wollstonecraft's contemporaries. This edition includes new explanatory notes.
First published in 1792, "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman" was received with a mixture of vociferous outrage (Wollstonecraft's detractors called her "a hyena in petticoats") and ardent enthusiasm. In what is the first major work of feminism, Mary Wollstonecraft dares to apply the egalitarian principles of her day to women. The result is an argument for sexual emancipation -- in short, a women's declaration of independence.
In a lively and well-reasoned introduction, columnist Katha Pollitt shows how "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman" speaks as much to women of the twenty-first century as it did to Wollstonecraft's contemporaries.
Includes bibliographical references.
About the Author
Katha Pollitt is a poet, essayist, and columnist for The Nation. Author of the recently published Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture, she lives in New York City.