In honor of Women’s History Month, March’s book of the month is A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft. This text was published in 1792 and is one of the earliest works of feminist philosophy. In it, Wollstonecraft responds to educational and political theorists of the 18th century who believed that women should not receive an equal education to men.

Wollstonecraft argues that women are deserving of the same fundamental rights as men, and that treating them as property undercuts the moral foundation of society. Mary Wollstonecraft was one of the first women who dared to speak up on behalf of the rights of women. She passed at the age of 38 after giving birth to her daughter, Mary Shelley who later went on to be the author of Frankenstein.

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