A Vindication of the Rights of Woman~Read-Along~April 2019

Born April 27, 1759, in London, Mary Wollstonecraft was a writer, philosopher, and advocate of education for girls and women. Her most famous work, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, was published in 1792. She wrote this as a response to Edmund Burke's Reflections on the French Revolution, in which Burke argued for the preservation of traditional men's rights. Wollstonecraft went further and suggested aggressively that women should also have similar and equal rights as men. 

Some of her ideas included: free education for boys and girls; that women should be educated, too, because women are the ones raising children and, therefore, should be rational not emotional; women should be able to make a living and support themselves; women should not be thought merely as ornaments for the pleasure of men; women should be permitted to enter the fields of politics and medicine; women should be able to speak their minds without being labeled as masculine; and if women are to be shamed for sex outside of marriage, then men should be, too.

I invite readers to join me in discovering the "outrageous" ideas of Mary Wollstonecraft. 

This is the next book on the WEM histories list, and I am looking forward to it. It is under 250 pages and should take less than a month to read. If you can read 60 pages a week, you can do this. Since Wollstonecraft's 260th birthday is in April, we'll start on the first.

Reading/Discussion Schedule (April 1-30)

Week One: Dedication and Introduction, plus Chapters I-III (April 7 Discussion Post)
Week Two: Chapters IV-V (April 14 Discussion Post)
Week Three: Chapters VI-XI (April 21 Discussion Post)
Week Four: Chapters XII-XIII (April 30 Wrap-up Discussion Post)*

*April 30th is a Tuesday; therefore, I may post the final discussion on Monday the 29th instead, so as to not interfere with #TopTenTuesday.

If you are interested, grab a copy of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and join me at this blog or on Twitter (@GreatBookStudy) for connections and discussion posts. Comment today if you plan to read-along. 

Use #WollstonecraftReadAlong on Twitter.

P.S. After staring at this book cover for months, I did not see until today that it is Vindications of the Rights of WOMAN, not Women. But it is too much work to change it on my announcement, so...I shall have to live with that flaw forever. So be it.

Mary Wollstonecraft, 1759-1797


  1. Nifty! I read this in college, but if I can fit this into my schedule, I'll definitely reread it with you.

    1. Sure thing...and it would be great to have your insight.

  2. I remember reading bits in college, but not the whole thing. I would love to join you. I have never participated in a nonfiction readalong before!

    1. Great to have you along! Thanks, Laurie.

  3. I've never read the whole thing. I'm up for it in April!

  4. This sounds good! I came here through the Classics Club post, and I will definitely take part in the readalong :)

  5. Yes, definitely - I saw this through the Classics club post too!

  6. I'm pretty sure I have a copy of this on my ereader...if I can fit in around my Zoladdiction read, I'll do it too :-)

  7. Love it! I’ll definitely read along and attempt to join in on discussion as I am able.