A Vindication of the Rights of Woman is Mary Wollstonecraft’s response to educational theorists during the 18th century who did not believe women should receive an education. In it, she argues that women deserve to have an education that corresponds with their position in society; women are essential to the nation because they educate its children as well as “companions” to their husbands. Wollstonecraft goes on to say that women are not arm candy, or property to be traded; we are human beings who deserve the same treatment as men. Wollstonecraft was ahead of her time, yet, she cannot be classified as a modern day feminist since the definition of feminism varies and the terms “feminist” and “feminism” were not coined until the 1890s (Feminist and Feminism). There was also no women’s rights movement during his lifetime.
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. The whole document is a testament to the political injustuces raged by men against the women of the United States. All in all, Judy Blake’s I Want a Wife and Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s The Declaration of Sentiments are similar and share similar end goals: equality and justice for women, however, the platforms
She writes, “the only efficient remedy must come from individual character…Could clear away all the bad forms of society, it is vain, unless the individual began to be ready for better. There must be a parallel movement in these two branches of life” (Fuller 45). That is, Fuller believes that after a bilateral self-development of both sexes, the progressive woman and man will be ready to challenge the existing bad institutions. As she further puts it, “we must have units before we can have union” (Fuller 60). Such point of view seems very ideological.
His opinions defending women’s rights were logical and appealed to humanistic values, arguing that humankind was being held back from its full potential by confining half of the population to the household and not educating them (“The Subjection”). He also argued that women seemed to have less potential than men solely because they were never allowed to try and reach their full potential (“The Subjection”). People began to think of women’s rights in a different way after realizing that female subjection was hindering human development and
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.
Hannah Webster Foster formulates a tale that, on the surface, appears as a novel warning women against seduction, a common theme of the times. Marriage was seen as a necessity for women who desired financial stability and status, and being sexually seduced by a man would not provide a woman with these needs. Thus, the warnings against seduction and romanization of marriage were rampant. Upon further examination however, The Coquette has strong feminist undertones calling women towards the American ideal of freedom. This new nation claimed to be built upon the rock of freedom, while simultaneously oppressing women.
During the romantic period, society judges women on their beauty, something that they have no control over. This idea of beauty was pushed on young girls and this made them feel as if beauty was the only thing that’s important, but the romantic period literature was going to change that. Beauty, shown as the single most important thing for women in Northanger Abbey and A Vindication of the Rights of Women, which is wrong because it’s degrading for women to be judged on something that they can’t control, this then affects how women are depicted in literature, changing the work’s tone to be satirical, making fun of this idea, or rebellious, in going away from these beauty standards. Instead of degrading women based on their beauty, women should instead get compliments on their beauty. But most women had no way to change these standards, the only thing they could do was make them into a joke, which is exactly what Austen did in Northanger Abbey.
If it is repercussions for all the years, women have had to uphold men’s arrogance and possessiveness, what difference are we to them? Have people not already endured enough misery? How are they promoting feminism with naïve controversy? Thus, we should not need modern feminism, as it is anti-feminist, anti-male, anti-family and anti-equality. Let us not be oppressed by our womanhood!
In a time of fighting for freedom, not all felt free. The new declaration claims “All men are created equal”, leaving the women still with no rights and completely relying on men. Abigail Adams, the wife of John Adams, used her position to bring forward her own strong feminist views and felt women should be included in the declaration. Abigail’s fight for women's rights made an extensive impact on history because she pioneered a path for future women to come. While Abigail Adams fought for women's rights, John Adams thought women should just be house workers and supporters.
In today society Feminists ought to disagree about what sexism consists in, and what exactly to be done about it. In addition, Feminism is the belief that women should be treated as potential equals and as social equals to men. A woman should have the right to vote, when an election is approaching, a women will declare that one thing is certain, they will vote. And not only this, the selected political woman must represent the real female values such as more women in senior positions, support of the poor and marginalized in society and openness and tolerance towards other races and religions. These circumstances are the reason why many political parties nowadays have women as presidents.