A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

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Title page from the first edition of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
  • To M. Talleyrand-Périgord late bishop of Autun
  • Introduction
  • Chapter I The rights and involved duties of mankind considered
  • Chapter II The prevailing opinion of a sexual character discussed
  • Chapter III The same subject continued
  • Chapter IV Observations on the state of degradation to which woman is reduced by various causes
  • Chapter V Animadversions on some of the writers who have rendered women objects of pity, bordering on contempt
  • Chapter VI The effect which an early association of ideas has upon the character
  • Chapter VII Modesty – comprehensively considered, and not as a sexual virtue
  • Chapter VIII Morality undermined by sexual notions of the importance of a good reputation
  • Chapter IX Of the pernicious effects which arise from the unnatural distinctions established in society
  • Chapter X Parental affection Speaker Icon.svg
  • Chapter XI Duty to parents
  • Chapter XII On national education
  • Chapter XIII Some instances of the folly which the ignorance of women generates; with concluding reflections on the moral improvement that a revolution in female manners might naturally be expected to produce

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