A Vindication of the Rights of Women

A Vindication of the Rights of Women - Mary Wollstonecraft Wollstonecraft argues forcefully in 1792 that women are subject to the tyranny of men and are little more than ill-educated slaves. She argues that women have equal morality and are forced by male dominated society to get married and fulfill the role of servant to a husband. She hammers this point home in various ways throughout the treatise – to the point where, I for one, lost interest.

No-one in western societies today can really argue against any of Wollstonecraft’s argument, though, with the influence of more eastern cultures that still do not value women equally, and constant pressure from the (arguably male dominated) media that women conform to some pattern of behaviour fitting a cultural norm that is not unlike that of the 18th century, it is perhaps still a relevant treatise on the rights of women today.

It could do with a modern polish on some of the language – a translation into modern English perhaps(!), as it is a bit long winded.