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Mary Wollstonecraft

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Transcript of Mary Wollstonecraft

Illustrated Biography
Presenters
Siggy Bohannattrawn - Psychology
Taylor Fenelli-Cheewah- Biology
Adithya Ramakrishnan - Business Management
Historical Context
Biographical Info
Believer of widespread human rights
Considered the 1st feminist
Extreme radical thinker
Grew up in an abusive household
Dealt with two suicide attempts and a fleeting lover
Had two daughters, one who would follow her literary success
Analysis
Summary
In "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman", Mary Wollstonecraft shares her views on how men and women are not treated equally.
In the beginning she talks about how women are portrayed as weak and wretched.
Introduction and Chapter 3
Analysis
Chapter 3 and Chapter 13
Her main argument is the lack of agency in women.
She says that women are not given the opportunity to pursue their desires and therefore do not achieve agency.
She establishes her main idea by saying "If woman are given the same rights, they will emulate the virtues of man."
Wollstonecraft argues for a revolution in female manners.
She compares the lives of women to the lives of slaves.
Wollstonecraft responds to Rousseau's argument, stating that women should be educated for themselves not for men.
Although her claims were radical she was addressing obvious problems within homes and society.
Summary Continued
She goes on to affirm this by stating that the roots of this starts with the education system, she states that "books are written on this subject by men who consider woman as creatures rather than as woman."
Then she goes on to say that "It is a farce to call any being virtuous whose virtues do not result from the exercise its own reason."
The point that she is making is that women lack agency due to the rights that weren't given and that women cannot pursue their own desires which constitute an agent.
Mary Wollstonecraft
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

1759-1797
Analysis Continued
Feminine Thoughts
What do you think Wollstonecraft means by a revolution in female manners?
Works Cited
Dependence of body, dependence of mind.
Change the purpose in women's lives.
Advocated for education.
Reform ways girl are raised throughout their lives.
She established the idea that women too have souls and the ability to reason just as men do.
Are there some points that Wollstonecraft made in her writings that are still seen today? If so what are they?
What do you think Wollstonecraft would think of women today?
Wollstonecraft claims that humans foster dependence especially in girls, she says that this starts at a young age when girls are first given a doll.
The dolls are given so that girls can learn their purpose to serve man, be in the house, be subservient, and to take care of all household duties.
She claims in her own studies, if girls are not held to confinement, that girls do not find amusement in a doll by itself when given the opportunity to pursue other activities.
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The Norton Anthology of World Literature.
Ed. Martin Puchner. New York: Norton, 2013. 160-165. Print.
"Mary Wollstonecraft."
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Ed. David Damrosch and David L. Pike. Longman: Pearson, 592-598. Web.
Boccone, Hailey. "Mary Wollstonecraft: A Brief Illustrated Biography."
Youtube.
Youtube, 2015. Web. 23 Oct. 2015.
Latimer, Bonnie. "Transgressive Ttheatricallity, Romanticism, And Mary Wollstonecraft."
The Modern Language Review 3
(2015):
General OneFile
. Web. 26 Oct. 2015.
Late 18th century
Age of Enlightment
Romantic Period in Wiriting
Agricultural Revolution
Industrial Revolution
Wollstonecraft wrote in response to Rousseau, Olympe de Gouges and French government writings
Uses Rousseau's own points to support hers (The Social Contract)
Considered mother of modern feminism
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