- Series: Cambridge Library Collection - British & Irish History, 17th & 18th Centuries
- Paperback: 478 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Reissue edition (October 28, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1108018858
- ISBN-13: 978-1108018852
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,283,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: With Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects (Cambridge Library Collection - British & Irish History, 17th & 18th Centuries) Reissue Edition
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In this passionate reaction to Rousseau's pedagogical work Emile (1762) Wollstonecraft powerfully defends woman's ability to reason, given appropriate education. Her radical prescription was for girls to be educated alongside boys and to the same standard. Originally published in 1792, this is a foundational work of feminist political thought.
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Her style is poetic. At times, it feels it almost has a sing-song way about it. Her ability reminds me of Jane Austen and makes it very hard to put the book down. I wonder how much Austen lifted from Wollstonecraft considering there was a section on Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice.
Her philosophy is intriguing. Wollstonecraft was quite ahead of her time. She felt that women were trapped in an eternal childhood in the way they were treated by their other halves. This left them unable to be good wives much less good mothers. She makes the argument that not only can women reason, but they can be employed in any field. She envisions a time where boys and girls, rich or poor, can be educated together.
As an aside, I don't think the public school system has worked out so well. I attended a joke of a school. That is why I am grateful to have the opportunity to homeschool. Even if you disagree with her assessment that children should be publicly educated, her main point is that boys and girls alike can be educated the same. She actually advocated for a private/public school mix. I'm not sure that our modern day system would meet her vision at all.
The crème de la crème? Pages upon pages of attacks on Rousseau. I think I've formed a personal vendetta against Rousseau so when she blasts his inane philosophy for nearly 1/3 of the book, it could only bring a sense of sweet justice. If you're no fan of Rousseau, its worth the read just for that. Ya know, the guy who created Civil Religion. The guy who wrote books about how children should be educated then abandoned all 5 of his newborn children to a foundling hospital. The guy who said women were created for his pleasure. Yeah, its a pretty epic takedown. Enjoy.
If you're thinking about getting it for a paper or thesis or something, go for it.
The book and her life have several twist and turns that make for a great movie someday but for now its a great read. I have no daughters but had I Daughters I would include this as part if their summer reading or for social studies reports during the school year.
'A Vindication of the Rights of Woman' is Mary Wollstonecraft's best known and most celebrated literary achievement. It is... "the first feminist manifesto in the history of human rights." <'Her Own Woman-The Life of M.W' by Diane Jacobs>.
Mary W.'s declaration presents, subscribes TO and defends the equality OF ALL. *(save what SHOULD BE irrelevance to physical frame) It calls for each of us to 'recognize' & in doing so, choosing... to strive for improvement. Not only towards Women's struggles for Equality but in overcoming Man's shortcomings in denying Gender Equality.
EDUCATION & Opportunity For EQUAL EDUCATION Is The Key To Much. ----- Five stars cannot rate this book.