“Hyena in Petticoat”: Wollstonecraft’s Peaceful Revolution in a Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Abstract

This study aims at highlighting the peculiar feminist stand of the famous British feminist, Mary Wollstonecraft, in her well-renowned work, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. The paper shows that Wollstonecraft was shrewd enough not to go in direct attack against the strongly-established patriarchal edifice of her time. Unlike mainstream feminist discourse, Wollstonecraft peacefully called for empowering women without negatively affecting the status quo of man. More interestingly, Wollstonecraft does not put the blame on the patriarchal mentality as such. Rather, she addresses women themselves as they contribute to their own subjugation. She calls for a change within women themselves in order for them to achieve the societal transformation they desire.

Keywords: A Vindication, Feminism, Wollstonecraft


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Pages: 35-40 (Download PDF)

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