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WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 1: MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT'S RIGHTS OF
WOMAN (1792) (EXCERPTS).
Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797). She is an important woman who defended the women's
Rights in an unequeal society. Vindications of the Rights of Woman (1792) is her brilliant
work and is considered one of the most important examples of feminist works in the period
of Ilustration moreover nowadays. So It stills being significant.
Her work is a manifest that relates the bad conditions of women in a period that promotes
freedom and equality. A clear contradiction between the reality and the utopia for women.
She was a fighter for the equal rights and opportunities for men and women in Ilustration
''the age of the lights''. What she really wanted is to inspire a revolution in female manners,
againts the women's education of that times.
In the introduction she started exposing her point of view about the education. This model
of education has been represented by female rol, that has bad values in comparing with
men. They are trated as subordinate that only cares about being attactive or elegant (moral
superficial world apart from the reason) while men are in the world of reason.
Wollstonecraft tried to solve this issue giving the State the responsability of women's
She attacks the wealthy, because of the ''inmorality, vanity, and false-refinement'' of rich
people. She thinks that wealth does not define a person, a person is defined by the virtue.
(thought and knowledge). In relation with this, one of the central arguments for her is that
women should be educated rationally to give them the opportunity to contribute to society.
As a illustrate figure she believes that freedom neccesitates equality of sexes; intellect or
reason, is superior to emotions. In this case, she is triying to convince women that their
virtues are synonymous of weakness. In consecuence, traditional education has served to
encourage their inferiority.
The key to achieve a sense of self-respect is education. She thinks that if women were going
to be good mothers, they firts needed to be intelligent, citizens and educated.
In the other hand, the only way that women could rise in the society class was throug
wedlock. So she wanted that women were responsable of themselves, (in the same moral
Her work is meanly a femenist reference of the Rousseau's work when he said that
menshould not have power over each other, nevertheless she felt betrayed because
Rousseau made a gender distinction based in ''the natural inferiority'' of women. She also
participated in meetings with William Blake, Thomas Paine, Joseph Priestley, William
Godwin... Edmund Burke is her main enemy, because he is a defensor of traditional feelings.
In conclusion, this treatise is a summary of her goals as a woman, mainly the economical
independence from her husband. Also she wrote about the woman image, and education
that makes her inferior because of the useless values like marriageable and beauty. In spite
of physical difference between women and men, the virtues of the mind do not seem to rely
on physical prowess.
In A Vindication of the Rights of Woman Wollstonecraft talks a great deal about power in
regards to women's position in society, but what she wants is not to have power over the
men, but over themselves.
From my personal point of view she was a brilliant woman of her times, because she had a
hard life and her experience being rebel againts the social structure made a change in
history. I can not imagine how hard was living in that century if you were a woman,
economical independendent, and company woman. Nowadays patriarcgal society stills
being a reality, so we can rescue this writter and her values. (It is important to metion that
she was not taking in account at that period, but with the pass of time she considered as
one of the most important woman who fighted for the women rights all over the history).
I mostly agree with her when she talks about the rol, and women values. This issue is totally
present currently, but not in the same way. Now women can aspire upper but education
values in our childhood stills being different than boys (patriarchal society) for example: pink
for girls (cute) and blue for boys (appropriate for his genre). Men values are progressive,
nevertheless women values in adolescence changes because of cosification. Sometimes this
social pressure has relation with cosumerism, that also creates a difference between the
roles in society.
She is the perfect example of freedom, equality, and good values not just for women, but
for all society (she wants that all women have opportunities). She obviously criticized the
State and she won, not in her times, but in the paas of time. Nevertheless women currently
suffer prejudices that society has to change, for example: cosification, the idea of delicacy,
the economic independece in some parts of the world,unequal salary between genres etc.