Writing just after the French and American revolutions, Mary Wollstonecraft firmly established the demand for women's emancipation in the context of the ever-widening urge for human rights and individual freedom that followed in the wake of these two great upheavals. She thereby opened the richest, most productive vein in feminist thought; and her success can be judged by the fact that her once radical polemic, through the efforts of the innumerable writers and activists she influenced, has become the accepted wisdom of the modern era. The present edition contains a substantial essay by a major scholar to celebrate the bicentenary of publication in 1792.
The first great feminist manifesto, a work that remains relevant, even modern. It puts forward the argument that women of all classes were as oppressed as the industrial proletariat. No understanding of modern feminism is possible without a knowledge of this seminal work. Mary Wollstonecraft's was (by the way) the mother of Mary Shelley, the creator of Frankenstein. (Kirkus UK)