Mary Wollstonecraft: A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

(1792)

Explanation and Analysis of the Document

The introduction to A Vindication of the Rights of Woman outlines Wollstonecraft’s main reasons for writing the treatise and her primary arguments for women's independence. She notes her deliberate use of simple, unadorned prose rather than flowery phrases to emphasize the simple truths she will present. She divides her discussion into two components: the consideration of women as human beings and the consideration of their separate role by gender. She further observes that women within different social classes exhibit different moral...

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