International Women’s Day: Mary Wollstonecraft

“I earnestly wish to point out in what true dignity and human happiness consists. I wish to persuade women to endeavor to acquire strength, both of mind and body, and to convince them that the soft phrases, susceptibility of heart, delicacy of sentiment, and refinement of taste, are almost synonymous with epithets of weakness, and that those beings are only the objects of pity, and that kind of love which has been termed its sister, will soon become objects of contempt.”

Mary Wollstonecraft                              

Mary Wollstonecraft by the artist John Opie

Mary Wollstonecraft, 1759 – 1797. Writer, Philosopher, advocate of women’s rights, author of “A Vindication For The Rights of Woman”. Married to William Godwin, writer, philosopher and forefather of the Anarchist Movement. Mother of Mary Shelley, author of “Frankenstein”.


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