The Enlightenment Period

Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin

Who was Mary Wollstonecraft?

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759–1797) is considered the founder of modern feminism in the West. She wrote at the time of the French Revolution and contributed to democratic ideas, generally, in Vindication of the Rights of Men, as well as to arguments for the equality of women in Vindication of the Rights of Women. She also wrote novels, an autobiographical travel essay, and shorter works on education.


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