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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Relevant Today
This might be a frightening generalisation, but the majority of people reading this book are probably doing so in the confines of a formal education course. If you're a woman and the following statement is true Mary Wollstonecraft would be delighted. This book is a complex philosophical argument for the emancipation and education of women. The language of the book, as...
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54 of 63 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fiddle!
I would expect a reputable publisher like Penguin to make it clear that what they are offering with this "great ideas" collection is *abridged* versions of the books. Get the Dover Thrift edition instead!
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Relevant Today, 22 Mar 2002
This might be a frightening generalisation, but the majority of people reading this book are probably doing so in the confines of a formal education course. If you're a woman and the following statement is true Mary Wollstonecraft would be delighted. This book is a complex philosophical argument for the emancipation and education of women. The language of the book, as with most late eighteenth century text is wordy and therefore it's going to be slow read, to understand and evaluate Wollstonecraft's arguments. However, the arguments she makes are skilful and still with relevance today.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!, 14 May 1999
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For anyone into philosophy, this is a definate read. A product of the Age of Reason, Mary Wollstonecraft applies reason to why women should be educated equally with men so both may benefit from virtue. Very intriguing even for a man. Read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pioneering Work, 5 Sep 2011
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Mary Wollstoncraft is pretty well spot on with her observations of men and women as they were in Regency times. If she were to come back today she would be amazed at the progress that has been made in women's rights, yet in some ways things have not changed. Men have not changed. Mary Wollstoncraft was wrong in thinking that men could be changed. There is still the glass ceiling. There are still women who actually want to be dependent on men and seem to enjoy pleasing men, and that was certainly the lot for most women right up to the Second World War.

Her ideas for education would seem to have been largely taken up; the various education acts have seen to that.

The book as a whole is not terribly well structured and some of her sentences have a strange structure (even allowing for the Georgian period English), so you may find you have to read some sentences over again to grasp her meaning.

Jane Austen may have read this book, because contained therein are those immortal words "a good reputation once lost is lost for ever", as in Pride and prejudice. Serious students of Jane Austen need to read this book in conjunction with Fordyce's Sermons to Young Women to gain a full appreciation of the attitudes of the time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it!, 13 May 2010
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This is not an easy read. The writing is often dated, referencing people and events that I'd never heard of but that the author assumes are familiar, the footnotes help some. The language itself is frequently confusing, M. Wollstonecraft can write straightforwardly on one topic, then on the next she will get carried away by flowery imagery and passionate but annoying rhetoric. Her use of irony (if that's what it is when she writes from the perspective of her contemporary detractors) is also confusing and sometimes ill judged. However the book has been introduced as a quickly written draft that M.W. was going to polish at some stage before her untimely death. The value and quality of the arguments themselves shine through, at the time of the books publishing women had no rights, no voice, and this book is fascinating in its perception and hope. Reading it now and hearing her hope that at some distant 'future' children may be educated for free by the government, that boys and girls may go to school together, that there might be a uniform! is proof of how different the world was in 1790, and how amazing M. Wollstonecraft was. Well worth the read.
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54 of 63 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fiddle!, 3 April 2005
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This review is from: Penguin Great Ideas: A Vindication of the Rights Of Woman (Paperback)
I would expect a reputable publisher like Penguin to make it clear that what they are offering with this "great ideas" collection is *abridged* versions of the books. Get the Dover Thrift edition instead!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it., 5 Feb 2012
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This book is truly marvellous. Wollstonecraft is a brilliant woman; I can honestly say this is one of the few books I've ever read which is 'life-changing.'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - A must read!, 16 May 2014
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I would highly recommend this book as it makes a nice short read, it is however a difficult read as it is written in old English but don't let this put you off. Wollstonecraft hit's the nail on the head which proves her writings are still relevant today.
It's about time Wollstonecraft gets the recognition she deserves.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Politics Student says "More relevant today than ever", 8 May 2014
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Some may claim sexism is dead and buried in the 21st century. Those people would be fools. Whilst gains have been made, Wollstoencraft's ideals are as relevant today than they were back then.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect item, 13 Feb 2013
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Perfect item, thououghly matching description. No delays in arriving date. Absolutely nothing to complain about. Satisfied both of article and of service.
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5.0 out of 5 stars rights of woman, 20 Jun 2012
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A book I had been recommended to read and found it very interesting, a view from long ago - how times change
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