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Mary Wollstonecraft

A Most Radical Vindication

Mary Wollstonecraft is usually remembered for her essay A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), much less for her earlier response to Edmund Burke, written two years earlier, A Vindication of the Rights of Men (VRM) (1790). Though undoubtedly the former was historically and intellectually more significant than the latter, I must admit that I for one am taken by the earlier essay just as much as I am with her more famous later text. Mary Wollstonecraft is too often pigeon-holed as an early/proto/first feminist and not often enough as one of the most captivating intellectuals and radicals of Read more