A Vindication of the Rights of Woman Education

Mary Wollstonecraft’s “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman” expresses how women are being oppressed and denied their potential in society. Wollstonecraft writing can be characterized primarily enlightenment, because she argues that women, like men, have the ability to cultivate the minds to think logically and critically. In chapter two, she exemplifies in detail the various ways in which women are rendered subordinate. They are taught that their looks are of primary concern, and always artificiality appear to be pleasing to others. She uses facts and statistics to prove that women are being psychologically brainwashed, “Women are told from their infancy, and taught by the example of their mothers, that a little knowledge of human weakness, justly termed cunning, softness of temper, outward obedience (…) will obtain for them the protection of man” (295). This excerpt shows that these women are being mutilated into becoming senseless dolls. Meaning that their upbringing from the moment women enter the world is oriented toward making them weak, submissive, and dependent upon men. Wollstonecraft is using the ideals of enlightenment to let people know that education is a way for women to put an “end to [the} blind obedience” by “strengthen[ing] the female mind by enlarging it” (299). Profoundly Wollstonecraft logically describes that education can make women burden free and have a place in society.

 

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