- NAME: Mary Wollstonecraft
- OCCUPATION: Educator, Philosopher, Scholar, Women's Rights Activist, Journalist
- BIRTH DATE: April 27, 1759
- DEATH DATE: September 10, 1797
- PLACE OF BIRTH: London, United Kingdom
- PLACE OF DEATH: London, United Kingdom
- Full Name: Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
- Full Name: Mary Wollstonecraft
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Mary Wollstonecraft was an English writer who advocated for women's equality. Her book A Vindication of the Rights of Woman pressed for educational reforms.
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In 1797, their daughter Mary (who later famously wrote Frankenstein), was born. Ten days later, due to complications of childbirth, Wollstonecraft died.
The life and legacy of Mary Wollstonecraft has been the subject of several biographies, beginning with her husband’s Memoirs of the Author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1798). For many years,
the scandalous aspects of her life (such as her two children born out of wedlock) were more noted than her works. The 1900s brought renewed interest in her writings. In 2011, her image was projected onto the Palace of Westminster to raise support for a permanent statue of the author.
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