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Mary Wollstonecraft’s birthday
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“It is justice, not charity, that is wanting in the world.”
Born in Spitalfields, London on this date in 1759, English philosopher and writer Mary Wollstonecraft.
Largely self-educated, Wollstonecraft, the product of a comfortable, if troubled, London family, was one of the earliest voices for the rights of women. Early on she accepted positions as governess, as many educated young women of the time did. But in her late twenties, with some sponsorship, she studied languages and philosophy, and produced her first published work, Thoughts on the Education of Daughters, in 1787. Her seminal work, A Vindication of the Rights of Women, a landmark of feminist literature, was published five years later. She died in 1797, several days following the birth of her equally famous daughter Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
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