Who is she?
Mary Wollstonecraft was a writer and advocate of women’s rights in the UK. She wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman in 1792, which basically argued that women were not naturally inferior to men and that women and men should both be treated as rational human beings.
She died aged only 38 after giving birth to her second daughter, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, who went on to write Frankenstein under the name Mary Shelley. Wow, what a family!
Why should we thank her?
Mary was one of the first people to argue for true equality of the sexes (yep, that’s how long we’ve been fighting the fight). And her work was highly influential on the first wave of feminism, impacting the women’s suffrage movement.
“Taught from their infancy that beauty is woman’s sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.”