Everything you need to understand or teach A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mark Wollstonecraft.
Introduction and Chapter I: the Rights and Involved Duties of Mankind Considered
In 1792, all eyes in the Western world were on the French Revolution. Wollstonecraft writes her introduction in response to Talleyrand, who has reviewed a new version of the French Constitution and agrees that girls should be educated with boys, but only until the age of eight. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman vehemently defends females as full human beings, who for several reasons deserve the same education that men receive. Wollstonecraft intends to persuade readers that serious social harm can come from limiting women's mental and moral abilities.
In Chapter I, Wollstonecraft asserts that only reason lifts humans above the animal kingdom, and invites readers to get back to basics. She poses three questions, giving clear, concise answers in the style of a catechism. First, what entitles humans to dominate animals and the earth? The answer is reason. Second, what does a human gain throughout life that... View more of the A Vindication of the Rights of Woman Summary