A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

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By M. Wollstonecraft, published 1792.

In this work the author attacks the educational restrictions and ‘mistaken notions of female excellence’ that keep women in a state of ‘ignorance and slavish dependence’. The work was much acclaimed, but also inevitably attracted hostility; Horace Walpole referred to its author as ‘a hyena in petticoats’.

Subjects: Literature.

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