A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, by Mary Wollstonecraft


When I began to write this work, I divided it into three parts, supposing that one volume would contain a full discussion of the arguments which seemed to me to rise naturally from a few simple principles; but fresh illustrations occurring as I advanced, I now present only the first part to the public.

Many subjects, however, which I have cursorily alluded to, call for particular investigation, especially the laws relative to women, and the consideration of their peculiar duties. These will furnish ample matter for a second volume,1 which in due time will be published, to elucidate some of the sentiments, and complete many of the sketches begun in the first.

1 The second volume was never published, and so far as is known, it was never written. — Ed.


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