POLS 2900 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Thoughtless, Liberal Feminism, Social Inequality

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Wollstonecraft is responding to a report made saying that women"s place is in the home. Each chapter is a self-contained essay, addressing women"s role in society while engaging other authors: including rousseau. Argument: unless women are educated and given important positions in society, society may never progress. She exemplifies the influence of education she is advocating for men and women: also, exemplifies certain bourgeois attitudes. Writes a book at a time when no one was publishing authors, especially women: learned to write through reading and transcribing books. She is writing from a bourgeois perspective: liberal feminism. Advocates that hard work will bring people out of poverty. Her book became very popular when her book first released, until a biography of hers was published. The biography mentioned her affairs, child from wedlock, suicide attempts: people stopped reading her book. It was revived in the 20th century with the rise of feminism.

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