Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary Wollstonecraft was born

Mary Wollstonecraft was born on April 27th 1759 and died on September 10th 1797.

Background Information

*When Mary was little she would sleep in front of her parents door because that prevented her father from beating her mother.

*Today Wollstonecraft is regarded as one of the founding feminist philosophers.

*Born in Spitalfields, London.

*Her father was a violent man who would beat his wife in drunken rages (That's why Mary would sleep in front of the door at night).

She made a school just for girls

Founder of the Girls School Of Newington Green.

First Job

Mary's first job was working with an elderly woman named Sarah Dawson.


Mary's occupation was an English novelist.

What she believed

Mary believed that both men and women should be treated as rational beings.


" Women are not naturally inferior to men but appear to be only because they lack education "

" No man chooses evil because it is evil he only mistakes it for happiness the good he seeks "

" If women be educated for dependance that is to act according to the will of another fallible being and submit right or wrong to power where are we to stop? "

Mary's biggest success

Mary's best book was A Vindication Of The Rights Of Women because it is about seeing women as respected adults instead of toys.

How Mary Wollstonecraft Died

Mary developed an infection following a primitive botched operation performed after the baby was born.

Suicide Attempts

*The first one was in May 1795 because Imlay rejected her in April and to die she used laudanum (A drug) , Imlay saved her but people don't know how he did.

*The second one was when she can to full realization that her relationship with Imlay was over so she wrote him a note ( In a different section ) so she went outside in the soaking rain and go her clothes soaking wet and heavy with water and an hour later she jumped in the lake but a stranger saw and saved her.

Suicide Note for Imlay

" I have only to lament that, when the bitterness of death was past, I was inhumanly brought back to life and misery. But a fixed determination is not to be baffled by disappointment ; nor will I allow that to be a frantic attempt, which was one of the calmest acts of reason. Did I care for what is termed reputation, it is by other circumstances that I should be dishonoured "