A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Writing in an age when the call for the rights of man had brought revolution to America and France, Mary Wollstonecraft produced her own declaration of female independence in 1792. Passionate and forthright, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman attacked the prevailing view of docile, decorative femininity, and instead laid out the principles of emancipation: an equal education for girls and boys, an end to prejudice, and for women to become defin...

Details A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

TitleA Vindication of the Rights of Woman
Release DateOct 28th, 2004
PublisherPenguin Classics
GenreFeminism, Nonfiction, Classics, Philosophy, History, Politics

Reviews A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

  • Bookdragon Sean
    Wollstonecraft is not passionate; she does not offer any inspiring words or flowery language. Wollstonecraft writes with no embellishment or artistry; yet, her words are commanding and exceedingly persuasive because what she does have is cold, hard, logic. And she knows it. “My own sex, I hope, will excuse me, if I treat them like rational creatures, instead of flattering their fascinating graces, and viewing them as if they were in a state of ...
  • PattyMacDotComma
    3.5-4★“. . . as blind obedience is ever sought for by power, tyrants and sensualists are in the right when they endeavour to keep women in the dark, because the former only want slaves, and the latter a play-thing.”I saw reference several times to Mary Wollstonecraft around International Women’s Day recently and thought I should find this book. I read and enjoyed about a third of it, but I eventually got bogged down in the repletition and...
  • Jasmine
    HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY TO EVERYBODY!"Make them free, and they will quickly become wise and virtuous, as men become more so; for the improvement must be mutual, or the injustice which one half of the human race are obliged to submit to, retorting on their oppressors, the virtue of man will be worm-eaten by the insect whom he keeps under his feet."Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797)Mary Wollstonecraft by John Opie (c. 1797)
  • Yann
    Ce livre est un pamphlet politique britannique paru en 1792, en réaction aux débats de l'Assemblée Constituante en France quant à l'établissement de l'instruction publique, plus particulièrement un rapport de Talleyrand(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] de l'année précédente invitant à écarter les femmes à l'accès aux fonctions publiques. Par là on néglige de les instruire, puisque cela serait parfaitement inutile et dispendieux. Mary...
  • Aubrey
    3.5/5 Women, I allow, may have different duties to fulfil; but they are human duties, and the principles that should regulate the discharge of them, I sturdily maintain, must be the same. Sound familiar? The quote I started my review of Beauvoir's The Second Sex with runs in a similarly powerful vein, and is why I am, for the first time, rounding my half star up instead of down. When it comes to this work, one must mercilessly separate the wheat ...
  • Duane
    I imagine Mary ruffled a few feathers when this book was published in 1792, but she only said what needed to be said. Examples of the suppression of women were many, but Wollstonecraft chronicles the ones that were most important to her and provides an intelligent, common sense analysis of what needed to be done in each instance. One of the most important was education, and her belief that young girls needed and deserved the same type of educatio...
  • Fiona
    I particularly liked the bit where she said if women didn't get a proper education, they might find themselves "dependent on the novelist for amusement."Awkward.
  • Kathleen
    “Make them free, and they will quickly become wise and virtuous, as men become more so; for the improvement must be mutual, or the injustice which one half of the human race are obliged to submit to, retorting on their oppressors, the virtue of men will be worm-eaten by the insect whom he keeps under his feet.”In 1792, Mary Wollstonecraft had the guts and awareness to write a common sense response to the prevailing mentality of her day--that ...
  • Below
    Mary Wollstonecraft: A Vindication of the Rights of WomanA brief introduction to a feminist classic. What is the Vindication?A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (hence the Vindication) is the classic feminist text. It was written in 1792, and it has its roots in the Enlightenment. Broadly, its aim is to apply the ideas of rights and equality to women and not just to men. This article will briefly explore the origins of the work of Wollstonecraft...
  • Helynne
    What a perceptive and courageous watershed work of feminism--especially for 1792! Mary Wollstonecraft, journalist, novelist, and wife of political philosopher William Godwin, eventually had three children, and died giving birth to the last, Mary Godwin Shelley, who would grow up to marry a famous, radical poet, and herself write Frankenstein and several other novels a generation later. Wollstonecraft, writing in the middle of the French Revolutio...
  • Evelyn
    I've read a few feminist texts in the past, but none quite compare to this, which is often deemed as the classic feminist text. Unlike others which can be on the painfully dry and weary side of things, Wollstonecraft's attitude just jumps out at you with every page that you turn of this book. Reading it is like listening to her perform a speech in front of millions, it's so strong and passionate. It really is incredible when you remember that thi...
  • Tanima
    I stumbled upon A Vindication of the Rights of Woman for a classics challenge read, but I was also curious to read about the views of women’s rights long before it was even a movement. Mary Wollstonecraft was undoubtedly ahead of her time. Although she grew up in an unstable household and was denied education from an early age, she was an intellectual who loved to read and was interested in writing about political and philosophical issues. She ...
  • Monique Gerke
    Ótimo livro.Mary Wollstonecraft com certeza viveu a frente do seu tempo, seus questionamentos são pertinentes E necessários ainda em nossa época.Juro que quando um desavisado me perguntar novamente, "pra quê serve o feminismo" em nossa tão evoluída época (de grandes conquistas e realizações, quá quá), vou sugerir a leitura desse livro. Tivemos grandes mudanças em termos de direitos, SIM, mas a mudança que é necessária (e definitiv...
  • Roman Clodia
    'A revolution in female manners [would] reform the world'Passionate, forceful, forthright, sharp, irritable, rigorous and oh so rational, what would Wollstonecraft think that over 200 years after her 1791 polemic we still have to argue about equal pay, body image, female aspiration, authorised social constructions of 'femininity' and 'masculinity' and other forms of politicised social and cultural inequality? Forging links between female subjugat...
  • Giss Golabetoon
    The language might be a little hard but i love this first piece of feminist literature, if only Rousseau didn't talk too much
  • Kirsty
    I read Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman as part of my thesis research. Whilst I'm unsure if I will quote directly from it, it is an important and solid foundation of early feminism. The book was as I expected it would be; it is interesting in part, and makes some good points, but it became quite dry on occasion, and the prose was repetitive. Whilst clearly well informed and well written, the proofreader in me became a li...
  • Ana
    I love man as my fellow; but his sceptre real or usurped, extends not to me, unless the reason of an individual demands my homage; and even then the submission is to reason, and not to man. Mary Wollstonecraft's classic feminist work touches upon all reasons why women are treated like slaves - and almost all of them have to do with their education. The teaching of decorum, ladyship, the proper way of wearing a dress, the beauty of oneself and the...
  • Ceyda
    Ataerkil baskıya ve erkek egemen düzene kendi terimleriyle karşı çıkmış ilk feminist savunulardan biri bu kitap. Her ne kadar bazı düşünceleri beni dehşete düşürse de zamanının ötesinde düşünen bir kadın Mary Wollstonecraft.
  • Sarah Garner
    I've had to give up on this one, the language isn't doing my dyslexic brain any good. I understand her intentions but by chapter 2 I was struggling to understand what she was saying with all the old way of speaking.
  • Yasmin
    It has been 221 years since A Vindication of the Rights of Woman was published. In that time women have come along way in a fast time, it could be said as much...Women's suffrage movement in the UK began in 1872; the first woman to vote in Britian was 1867;in Ireland the Dublin Women's Suffrage Association was established in 1874; Women in Britian were given the vote in 1918 for women over the age of 30 and had property (which means wives of hous...
  • Lara Malik
    Es un libro que se me ocurrio leer debido a que este tema esta más que presente en esta época, el feminimo. A pesar de ser un libro corto las primeras 100 hojas se hacen muy difíciles de llevar por la redacción (no por el léxico usado), y las 60 restantes parecen un parpadeo.Muchos de los tópicos que toca podrían considerarse ya superados, pero increíblemente la mayoría persisten (solo estan cubiertos). Más que nada la parte de la fragi...
  • Veronica
    The eloquence of early writers like Wollstonecraft simply delights me! To make her case for the proper education of women, Wollstonecraft asserts that the present state of women derives from acquired habit and learned associations — not from a fault of the innate nature of females — and censures both Milton's inconsistent discussions on the female sex in Paradise Lost as well as Rousseau's condescension of women in his work Émile. There are ...
  • Juanita
    Mary Wollstonecraft was a 16th century mother, teacher, writer, philosopher, feminist, and journalist. She wrote several books and stood out as a rebel in her day. I HAD to read this book because of a college project. But after just the first page I understood why Mary stood out. She was a brilliant and fearless author. For my class I had to research the ways that women were treated in the 16th century as it related to the bravery of Wollstonecra...
  • Marc
    Five stars for Wollstonecraft's message: Females should be treated equally and all humans would be better off raised to value reason and modesty. Loved the energy and confidence. The writing style felt ornately oblique at times and perhaps suffered simply by following such a wonderful introduction written by Miriam Brody. So much of this is written as a response to Rousseau that I feel ill-equipped to say more given I'm not too familiar with him ...
  • Lobo
    Główna teza tej książki - iż mężczyźni nie stanowią głównego, jedynego czy też w ogóle priorytetu kobiet - wciąż nie została przepracowana przez naszą kulturę.
  • Matty-Swytla
    There's much to like in Wollstonecraft's writing, which is surprisingly modern in some aspects, but there are times where she does stumble and show her biases, especially regarding the lower classes. She's a daughter of the Enlightenment era, so she pays special attention to rational arguments and mental faculties, disregarding the previous sensibilities and overblown emotionality. I found her cutting remarks about other author's ideas delightful...