A Vindication of the Rights of Woman


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Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) is best known for A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, in which she argued that women are not naturally inferior to men, but only appeared to be because they lacked education. She suggested that both men and women should be treated as rational beings and imagined a social order founded on reason. - Today, Wollstonecraft is considered a foundational thinker in feminist philosophy. Her early advocacy of women's equality and her attacks on conventional femininity and the degradation of women presaged the later emergence of the feminist political movement. Feminist scholars and activists have cited both her philosophical ideas and personal struggles as important influences in their work.

This is one of the 12 Books That Changed the World by Melvyn Bragg. (Summary from Wikipedia and Alex Foster) (9 hr 46 min)

Chapters

Brief Sketch of the life of Mary Wollstonecraft (incl. letter) 16:08 Read by Alex Foster
Author's Introduction 11:40 Read by Kristen McQuillin
Chapter 1: The Rights and Involved Duties Of Mankind Considered 23:39 Read by David Barnes
Chapter 2: The Prevailing Opinion Of a Sexual Character Discussed 52:52 Read by Carl Manchester
Chapter 3: The Same Subject Continued 34:16 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
Chapter 4: Observations On the State Of Degradation To Which Woman Is Reduced B… 27:36 Read by Margaine
Chapter 4: Observations On the State Of Degradation To Which Woman Is Reduced B… 27:24 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 4: Observations On the State Of Degradation To Which Woman Is Reduced B… 26:16 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Chapter 5: Animadversions On Some Of the Writers Who Have Rendered Women As Obj… 42:22 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
Chapter 5: Animadversions On Some Of the Writers Who Have Rendered Women As Obj… 23:39 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
Chapter 5: Animadversions On Some Of the Writers Who Have Rendered Women As Obj… 15:05 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
Chapter 5: Animadversions On Some Of the Writers Who Have Rendered Women As Obj… 24:12 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
Chapter 6: The Effect Which an Early Association Of Ideas Has Upon the Character 19:17 Read by Betsie Bush
Chapter 7: Modesty, Comprehensively Considered, And Not As a Sexual Virtue 27:14 Read by Samantha Hayes
Chapter 8: Morality Undermined By Sexual Notions Of the Importance Of a Good Re… 31:26 Read by Cori Samuel
Chapter 9: Of the Pernicious Effects Which Arise From the Unnatural Distinction… 27:00 Read by Jen Kidd
Chapter 10: Parental Affection 8:00 Read by Gesine
Chapter 11: Duty to Parents 15:42 Read by Maddie
Chapter 12: On National Education 1:14:29 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chapter 13: Some Instances Of the Folly Which the Ignorance of Women Generates … 27:19 Read by Caitlin Kelly
Chapter 13: Some Instances Of the Folly Which the Ignorance of Women Generates … 30:40 Read by Caitlin Kelly