Mary Wollstonecraft an early feminist philosopher, writes about the ideals of equality and freedom both in her political rebuttal essay “Rights of Men” and her follow-up essay “Vindication of Women” in response to philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Writing the “Vindication of the Rights of Men”, has led her to explore and express her opinions about the inequality of women during the Romantic period. As the opposition to post-revolutionary sentiment, extending rights as a just act to include the upper middle class of men, over maintaining the traditional rights given to men of nobility. Wollstonecraft interjects that women are also a vital importance to society and also deserve allowances of rights. Mary Wollstonecraft states her opinion on the argument that education is the basis for gaining equality within a society.
Elizabeth Stanton also states the fact that women didn’t have political rights and the right to vote, and that changes should be made in that field. She argues that women should have the freedom to be involved in the government; as they are born with self-sovereignty, just as males. To support her position on this issue, she claims: “Think of … woman’s position! Robbed of
Mary challenged such thinking and thought that women could be equal to men if given the same opportunities. Thesis Statement: The Enlightenment thinker, Mary Wollstonecraft, supported women’s rights by promoting equality, calling for women’s education, and insisting that women should be free to enter business through her book, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, which had a
Some rhetorical devices were sentence structure and vocabulary. To prove she's well-educated she use big vocabulary. “It is an odious aristocracy…”(Anthony)The way she has something she was using rubber compound and simple sentences. One is “...and is therefore a violation of the supreme law of the land.” (Anthony) Lastly this supports that woman should have rights because “ by it the blessing of Liberty are forever withheld from woman and their female prosperity.” (Anthony) Therefor it word break the Constitution. Next women are citizens which is a person when you should have rights.
Anthony wanted to persuade her listeners on why women should have the right to vote. The Federal Constitution is referenced in Anthony’s speech as proof of equality. Anthony wanted her audience to grasp the feeling of being provided a document that granted your freeness, your rights, however unable to use it because of your sex and color of skin. Anthony uses the creation of the Federal Constitution to contradict the unlawfulness of women voting. Susan felt “And it is a downright mockery to talk to women of their enjoyment of the blessings of liberty while they are denied the use of the only means of securing them provided by this democratic-republican government -- the ballot.” (Anthony, 1872).
(Freedman) However, the beginning First-Wave Feminism had a primary focus on various inequalities between men and women. Feminists were still developing the courage to speak up for their rights. A famous example of an early feminist work is A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, a book written in 1792 by a woman named Mary Wollstonecraft. The author, Wollstonecraft was an early English feminist, she is famous for her written works, mainly those regarding equality for women. The book, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, argues in favor of the education of women, that females are not accesories for their husbands.
Something feminists are confused as, misandrists, they are the complete opposites of what feminism is, feminists do not hate men, and those who believe this must be educated. The first feminist document was Mary Wollstonecraft’s “vindications of the rights of women (1792)”, but the real change happens when “Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others, in a women's convention at Seneca Falls N.Y. issued a declaration of independence for women, demanding full equality, full educational and commercial opportunity, equal compensation, the right to collect wages, and the right to vote, the movement spread
While Stanton and Brady do disagree with how women are viewed and treated, Stanton’s priority was fairness in politics and education, not so much on the injustices that occurred within the home Elizabeth Cady Stanton was pushing for women’s right to vote and to participate fully in the running of the country. She shadows the Declaration of Independence to gain credibility and patriotism, particularly from the phrase, “We hold these truths to be self evident that all men, and women, are created equal” (Patterns,557). The Declaration of Independance and the Declaration of Sentiments are purposefully compared. For example, the colonists wrote the Declaration of Independence in order to inform the King of the unfairness and to take action and to make change. The Declaration of Sentiments does the exact same thing, only instead of the problems bing taxation without representation and the quartering acts, the issues were freedoms to vote, have property and own oneself apart from a spouse, followed by the promise to take action against the injustice.
Sarah Grimke was an advocate for the abolition of slavery. She then began to defend women rights in order to further advance her main purpose of abolition. In her letters she argues against Catharine Beecher’s about the role of women and how they are subordinate to men. Her main arguments were against that women were not subordinate to men by gods rule. she says that god made them equal but then men created classes where they were higher ranked than women.
The document "On the Equality of the Sexes" by Judith Sargent Murray reveals the author's arguments on gender inequality in America. Published in 1790 in the Massachusetts Magazine, Murray's thoughts on the matter of women's education stems from her own experience on denied opportunities because of her gender. She was not allowed to attend college for the simple fact that she was a female, but had studied alongside her brother while he was preparing for college. This shows that despite her sex, she was just as capable as a male in terms of intellectual capacity and it was unfair that she was not allowed to further this pursuit. One the many effects after the Revolution was the expansion of the public sphere in which many groups began questioning