Essay on Equal Rights of Woman

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Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) was considered by many to be the first feminist philosopher (Clark and Poortenga 2003). Wollstonecraft like many others philosophers of the sixteenth and seventeenth century rejected the constraints of unquestioned tradition and spurious authority. Wollstonecraft focus was on the traditional ethical and social understanding of that of a woman and applies her theory to that of the other part of the human race “The Woman.” Wollstonecraft participated in the Age of the “Enlightenment” Mary found that the thinkers of this time believed that only men were capable or reason (Clark and Poortenga 2003). Wollstonecraft attended meetings that shared the idea of men rights and she found that these meetings were just …show more content…
Vindication was the most prominent early warning that there was something deeply wrong with the moral theory of men. These men systematically excluded women from the attainment of virtue and fulfillment (Clark and Poortenga 2003). These men claimed that women lack the properties that are were essential for becoming virtuous and fulfilled. Wollstonecraft contends that women are fully rational; therefore, they have the property necessary for virtue and fulfillment. She argues that women are intellectually disadvantaged, not by nature but by a poor system of education that prevents women from gaining the wisdom necessary to secure virtue and fulfillment. Wollstonecraft concludes from this vindication that women have been forced to learn, when permitted to learn, from men who considered women to be less fully human thereby rendering the assumption they lack reason and not at all human. This is a poor insight on these men and show that men are not willing to understand that women are part of the human race. The Bible tells us that woman was created from the rib of man therefore she is part of man this does not in anyway make her equal to man but she is as human as man is human. In conclude in the words of Mary Wollstonecraft. “Consequently the perfection of our nature and capability of happiness must be estimated by the degree of reason, virtue, and knowledge, which distinguish the individual, and direct

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