A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft audiobook

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

By Mary Wollstonecraft
Read by Fiona Shaw , with  Jonathan Keeble

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One of the earliest contributions to feminist philosophy, Wollstonecraft’s powerful treatise on the value of women in society tackles many of the patriarchal attitudes prevalent in the eighteenth century. In addition to championing the notion that women enjoy all the same fundamental rights as men, Wollstonecraft argues that men benefit from treating their wives as companions rather than commodities. In A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Mary Wollstonecraft tackles the wasted potential she sees in women, refusing to see them as inferior to men; she decries their limitations and suggests that they are worthy of an equal standard of education, and that they should be taught to develop their own reason, not simply how to gain a man. Written in 1792, at the height of the French Revolution, A Vindication is an eloquent and persuasive response to the prevailing attitudes of the time—the original feminist manifesto. Touching upon many themes in women’s education, A Vindications of the Rights of Woman remains a bold and powerful read.

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One of the earliest contributions to feminist philosophy, Wollstonecraft’s powerful treatise on the value of women in society tackles many of the patriarchal attitudes prevalent in the eighteenth century. In addition to championing the notion that women enjoy all the same fundamental rights as men, Wollstonecraft argues that men benefit from treating their wives as companions rather than commodities.

In A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Mary Wollstonecraft tackles the wasted potential she sees in women, refusing to see them as inferior to men; she decries their limitations and suggests that they are worthy of an equal standard of education, and that they should be taught to develop their own reason, not simply how to gain a man. Written in 1792, at the height of the French Revolution, A Vindication is an eloquent and persuasive response to the prevailing attitudes of the time—the original feminist manifesto.

Touching upon many themes in women’s education, A Vindications of the Rights of Woman remains a bold and powerful read.

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Editorial Reviews

“A fascinating, and entertaining, read.” Diva magazine (London)
“Fiona Shaw’s narration brings out the meaning of prose that many listeners may find a bit difficult to parse, making this classic work more accessible to a general audience. Described as an early feminist, Wollstonecraft was both a product of, and ahead of, her time. Her primary thesis—which was far from the prevailing view of the nineteenth century—was that women should have equal opportunity to be educated consistent with their class in order for them to be able to fulfill their duties as mothers and wives. Shaw adopts a tone of righteous indignation as Wollstonecraft attacks the views of Rousseau, who felt that educating women was wasteful, and others. The contrast between their arguments is enhanced by the dual presentation of Shaw and Jonathan Keeble in a point/counterpoint discussion.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Mary Wollstonecraft

Author Bio: Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759–1797) was a moral and political theorist who challenged women’s conditions in eighteenth century England. She not only made a powerful case for liberating and educating women, she also lived out her theories and refused to cave to patriarchal pressure; passionate and forthright, her A Vindication of the Rights of Women was a great feminist treatise that paved the way for social reform in the nineteenth century. Wollstonecraft married William Godwin, a fellow radical, after becoming pregnant with his child. She died just ten days after giving birth to their daughter, who would grow up to be Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 9.41
Audience: Adult
Language: English