Mary Wollstonecraft



Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) was a writer, an agitator, a philosopher, and a feminist. She advocated for the rights of women and is best known for her book the Vindication of the Rights of Woman (available free online here). She also wrote other books, including Vindication of the Rights of Men “published in response to Edmund Burke‘s Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), which was a defence of constitutional monarchy, aristocracy, and the Church of England” (

She was the mother of the famous Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley who wrote Frankenstein.

Check out The Guardian’s short article about Mary called “The Original Suffragette.”

And a bit of tongue-in-cheek 3 Minute Philosophy video below:

Photo Credit: By John Opie – Tate Britain, Public Domain,