Mary Wolestonecraft's View Of Feminism

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Feminism in its broad sense is a movement that aims at establishing and achieving equal political, economic, cultural and social rights for women. It believes that both men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. Feminists call for the right of women to receive education, to have equal opportunities in work as well as equal pay. Additionally, they believe that women should be self- determined and have the right to vote. Feminism actually emerged as a reaction against the unjust treatment and subjugation of women; it aims at the emancipation of women from all forms of oppression. It sought for the equality of women and change of the existing gender relations prevalent in patriarchal societies. In fact,…show more content…
Feminists actually aim at emancipating women from oppression and exploitation as well as improving their conditions. In her book, A Vindication of the Rights of Women, the pioneer English feminist Mary Wollstonecraft calls for the liberation of women; she believes that women should have political and civil equal rights as men. In order to attain these goals, women should seek education so as to be mentally developed. Wolestonecraft maintains, ' 'Contending for the rights of women, my main argument is built on this simple principle, that if she be not prepared by education to become the companion of man, she will stop the progress of knowledge and virtue ' ' (n. d. , 66). Furthermore, Wolestonecraft believes that education will prepare women ' 'for the possibility of economic independence to give them freedom and dignity, rather than the ability to fascinate potential husbands ' ' (Sanders 2001, 15). Wolestonecraft is of the view that women should resist in order to get…show more content…
In his remarkable work, The Subjection of Women, John Stuart Mill argues on behalf of women. He is against the predominant view that women are, by nature, inferior to men. He contends that ' '[A]ll women are brought up from the earliest years in the belief that their ideal of character is the very opposite of that of men; not self-will, and government by self-control, but submission, and yielding to the control of others" (1999, 18- 19). He calls for the emancipation of women from the unjust treatment of men; he believes that women should enjoy equal rights in the social sphere, particularly

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