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A key work of proto-feminism, Mary Wollstonecraft's readable and impassioned argument is as relevant today as it was 200 years ago.

Before the concept of equality between the sexes was even conceived, Wollstonecraft wrote this book, a treatise of proto-feminism that was as powerful and original then as it is now. In it she argues with clarity and originality for the rational education of women and for an increased female contribution to society. It was a cry for justice from a woman with no power other than her pen and it put in motion a drive towards greater equality between men and women, a movement which continues to this day.

Reviews

Mary Wollstonecraft's words ring as true today - and are as little heeded by government - as when she wrote them, 200 years ago, in her A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Guardian

The first pebble in the later avalanche of the women's rights movement

Melvyn Bragg, Guardian

A book that was bold in its time and is now considered the notable forerunner of the women's movement

New York Times

The first great piece of feminist writing

Independent

Changed the world for generations of women to come

Sunday Times

A radical, rationalist and revolutionary, Wollstonecraft combined faith in both reason and emotion in her seminal work, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Sunday Times

Her voice is as fresh and as urgent as ever

Bee Rowlatt, Telegraph

A classic of post-revolutionary thought, shaped by the Enlightenment, Wollstonecraft’s Vindication changed life for women the world over

Guardian

You’ll still find, articulated in thrilling clarity, the essence of Wollstonecraft’s argument for the education of women, and for an increased female participation in everyday society… A classic of post-revolutionary thought, shaped by the Enlightenment, Wollstonecraft’s Vindication changed life for women the world over.

Robert McCrmum, Guardian

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    9780099595823

    March 2, 2015

    Vintage Classics

    304 pages

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    9780879755256

    June 1, 2013

    Prometheus Books

    206 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780141441252

    November 19, 2004

    Penguin Classics

    352 pages

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    9781857150865

    May 15, 1992

    Everyman

    213 pages

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    9781473512528

    January 8, 2015

    Vintage Digital

    304 pages

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