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Wollstonecraft, Mary: A Vindication of the Rights of Women
This was a book by Mary Wollstonecraft in 1792. She believed that it was intellect that would always govern, and that women who applied themselves and actively became educated would prove just as strong leaders as men. It was the first great feminist book.Mary Wollenstonecraft (1759-1797) was an English writer who was viewed by many as the founder of modern European feminism. She wrote the Vindication on the Rights on Women and it was published in 1792. In this book, she advocated for the rights on women in the 18th century. She considered women being expected to be subservient to men as contrary to the true spirit of the Enlightenment, which upheld the ideal of all humans possessing innate reason. She argues that if all humans were blessed with innate reason that men and women should be treated as equals to men in education, economics, and politics.