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29 July 2007

Reading - Vindication of the Rights of Women

Needed a break from reading Dante's Inferno (I can only take so much of hell in one go) so I decided to re-read Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.

It is very easy for us women in the western world to forget that, not so long ago, our kind were mere chattels. Only a hundred years ago women were unable to hold property, vote or live independently of men.

The rights that have been achieved by women are worth fighting to keep and, as Wollstonecraft argues so fervently, education is an essential foundation.

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