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

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