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Monday, November 23, 2015

#8 Mary Wollstonecraft

Left-looking half-length portrait of a woman in a white dress
Mary Wollstonecraft was born on April 27, 1759 in Spitafields, United Kingdom. Wollstonecraft was the second out of seven children by the parents of Edward John Wollstonecraft and Elizabeth Dixon. Wollstonecraft had a pretty wealthy family when she was a child but that changed as she became a young adult; due to family issues that you will find out about in my presentation. Wollstonecraft was an English writer, philosopher, and an advocate for women's rights.  Throughout her brief career, she had written novels, treatises, a travel narrative, a history of the French Revolution, a conduct book,and a children;s book. Wollstonecraft was best known for her "A Vindication of the Rights of Women" in 1792. She argues that "women are not naturally inferior to men, but they only appear to be because they lack education." Wollstonecraft suggests that both men ad women should be treated as rational being and imagines a social order founded on reason. Wollstonecraft's life included several personal relationships that got more attention than her writing. She had two ill-fated affairs with two men by the name of Henry Fuseli and Gilbert Imlay; whom she had a daughter by named Fanny Imlay. After all the unconventional relationships she had, she finally married a philosopher by the name of William Godwin. Godwin was one of the forefathers of the anarchist movement. At the age of 38, Wollstonecraft died eleven days after giving birth to her daughter, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin. Wollstonecraft left behind many unfinished manuscripts but her daughter Mary made up for that. Her daughter, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, became a accomplished writer by the name of Mary Shelley. She became the author of Frankenstein.

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