Mary Wollstonecraft: A New Genus

“The First of a New Genus”-Mary Wollstonecraft

These famous words came from Mary Wollstonecraft, a scandalous writer of the 1700’s. They express the feelings of Mary wanting to create a society where women are equal to men. It expresses her want for a new type of society that allow for more freedom and rights. She had not only one, but two affairs before getting married.(As you may already know, unlike today, this would ruin any chance for a clean existence then.) I mention this because this gives is a great example for the rest of the way she lived her life, out of the norm of an eighteenth century woman shopping for a husband. Due to her unorthodox lifestyle her writing and ideas were never really considered until the twentieth century. However, she is really one of the first to speak up for women’s rights. In her  A Vindication of Women’s Rights she says that women aren’t made to be inferior to men, but are breed to be so because of their lack of education. She even suggested that women were egual to men!(GASP!) A laughable notion in her time, which really just makes me even more excited to read bout her and learn her story. That this woman in her time could speak out against such common law and rules would have taken courage in a time when only white males had power. Let me rephrase that, white men with money had power. For example, … Never mind. That is a whole other post which needs to have its own separate thought.

Anyway, during the women’s rights movement, a new interest in the works of Mary became an inspiration to the women fighting for their right to hold equal ground of men. So Thank you Mary Wollstonecraft and all of your courage and literature.Image


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