Women In Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication Of The Rights Of Woman

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In 1792, Mary Wollstonecraft expressed what would be the constant struggle of women for the following centuries to come: “I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves”. This quotation, taken from in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, strongly illustrates how difficult it was for women to emancipate themselves from men with no ability to act upon their futures. However, when changes happened to improve the daily lives of women in Britain, one might think that those progresses meant the beginning of equality and thus, the end of difference –of being treated otherwise. Yet, difference remained. Therefore, in order to understand this phenomenon, we shall answer to the following question: Why women kept being marginalized despite the adjustments made to establish equality between men and women?
We will first see that the first cause of the marginalization of woman was education. Indeed, being educated is the primary key to emancipation, and we will see that women had been derived of this opportunity although several organizations had been created to support girls’ education. Then in a second time, we will discuss that women had been marginalized through work as well. If education is the first step toward emancipation, being able to have a work is the second one. It allows one to be independent, which women were certainly not allowed to be. Finally, we will considered that politics isolated women as well, resulting in women’s inability to express
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