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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April 27th



Born this day in 1759, Mary Wollstonecraft, author and feminist. Truly a radical of her time. Born and raised in England. Being an independent woman and without wealth was very difficult in 18th century England. Mary Wollstonecraft left home at the age of 19 to seek her future. But first she saved her sister, Eliza, whose marriage had the beginnings of a brutal husband. Together, the sisters opened a school in Newington Green. Which inspired her first book, Thoughts on the Education of Daughters: With Reflections on Female Conduct, in the More Important Duties of Life (1787)
After Wollstonecraft career in education, she settled on George Street of London to work on her literary career. By 1788, she was, "translator and literary advisor to Joseph Johnson, the publisher of radical texts." The texts also included her own!
In 1792, Mary Wollstonecraft published, Vindication on the Rights of Woman
A proper demand of equality between men and women. To read Wollstonecraft's book:
http://www.bartleby.com/144/1.html
This book gave voice to a silent echo- of women speaking out, but in rooms with no sound leading to the wide world.
Wollstonecraft gave the world another gift, as the mother of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein. Mary Wollstonecraft was one of the first to herald in the New Age.