Location: Friends of the Shorewood Library Program Room
Mary Wollstonecraft's work, A Vindication of the Rights of Women, long ago established her as one of the great early feminist thinkers. Dr. Sadler's discussion will focus on several of the key themes of Wollstonecraft's work, particularly her vision for full civilization, her critique of pervasive gender inequalities in education, culture, and personal life, and her conception of virtue and rationality as essential to the humanity of both women and men. Wollstonecraft's work will also be placed in the larger context of her own times - the late 18th century and the French Revolution - and her own extraordinary life as a self-supporting and unconventional woman author. We'll also discuss the role, influence, and ups and downs of her work and her example within the feminist movement.