A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

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A

VINDICATION

OF THE

RIGHTS OF WOMAN:

WITH

STRICTURES

ON

POLITICAL AND MORAL SUBJECTS.


BY MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT.


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PRINTED AT BOSTON,

BY PETER EDES FOR THOMAS AND ANDREWS,

Faust's Statue, No. 45, Newbury-Street,



MDCCXCII.

CONTENTS.

  1. Page
  2. Introduction 17
  3. CHAP.I.
  4. The rights and involved duties of mankind considered 27
  5. CHAP.II.
  6. The prevailing opinion of a sexual character discussed 39
  7. CHAP.III.
  8. The same subject continued 71
  9. CHAP.IV.
  10. Observations on the state of degradation to which woman is reduced by various causes 94
  11. CHAP.V.
  12. Animadversions on some of the writers who have rendered women objects of pity, bordering on contempt 138
  13. CHAP.VI.
  14. The effect which an early association of ideas has upon the character 203
  1. CHAP.VII.
  2. Modesty.—Comprehensively considered and not as a sexual virtue 213
  3. CHAP.VIII.
  4. Morality undermined by sexual notions of the importance of a good reputation 230
  5. CHAP.IX.
  6. Of the pernicious effects which arise from the unnatural distinctions established in society 246
  7. CHAP.X. Speaker Icon.svg
  8. Parental affection 263
  9. CHAP.XI.
  10. Duty to parents 267
  11. CHAP.XII.
  12. On national education 275
  13. CHAP.XIII.
  14. Some instances of the folly which the ignorance of women generates; with concluding reflections on the moral improvement that a revolution in female manners may naturally be expected to produce 313


This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.