Mary Wollstonecraft Impact On Society

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According to Falco, Wollstonecraft was, “So complex a person that a complete description is impossible” (1). It was hard to describe her. Some said Mary, “Was an angry woman,” “She was a modern woman,” “She was a woman who was trying to break out of the mold imposed on her by her society.” All these were different views held about her. Mary was not limited to a specific definition. Mary Wollstonecraft descended from a village in England. Born in 1759, Mary grew to witness atrocities committed against the woman. Her father was an alcoholic who cared less about his family. Mary saw the many occasions in which her father battered her mother. The violence against her mother contributed to her subsequent pro-activeness in speaking against the prejudice against women. During the 18th century, many societies in the world held women lowly. Societies limited the women to housewifery. Apart from…show more content…
She emphasized the need for society to allow women to make decisions concerning their interests. Mary says, “Strengthen the female mind by enlarging it, and there will be an end to blind obedience; but as blind obedience is ever sought for by power, tyrants and sensualist are in the right when they endeavor to keep women in the dark” (Cornut-Gentille d’Arcy 49). The objective of feminism is to advance the fair treatment of women in the society. Apart from fighting for their freedom, feminism aims at empowering women, and making them see their worth. Mary was against the subjugation of women. She felt that it was unfair to keep women in the dark. Instead, she commented that women were equally important and the society should make good use of them. Mary felt that allowing women to make decisions, would work towards progressing the society. During the French Revolution, and the designing of the National Education Program, Mary felt that society should include women because women had the same capacity to reason as men (Falco
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