Mary Wollstonecraft - first philosopher of feminism




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Mary Wollstonecraft is sometimes called the “Mother of Feminism”. Basically, all her work is related to women's rights. In her book “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman” (1792), now considered a classic of feminist history and feminist theory, Mary Wollstonecraft argued primarily for the rights of woman to be educated. Through education would come emancipation.

Author Biography

Larisa Menig, Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University

postgraduate student


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Menig, L. (2018). Mary Wollstonecraft - first philosopher of feminism. Skhid, (5(157), 17–24.



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