Vindication of the Rights of Woman

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Author: Mary Wollstonecraft

Chapter 13. Some Instances of the Folly Which the Ignorance of Women Generates; With Concluding Reflections on the Moral Improvement That a Revolution in Female Manners Might Naturally Be Expected to Produce.

There are many follies, in some degree, peculiar to women: sins against reason, of commission, as well as of omission; but all flowing from ignorance or prejudice, I shall only point out such as appear to be injurious to their moral character. And in animadverting on them, I wish especially to prove, that the weakness of mind and body, which men have endeavoured by various motives to perpetuate, prevents their discharging the peculiar duty of their sex: for when weakness of body will not permit them to suckle their children, and weakness of mind makes them spoil their tempers—is woman in a natural state?

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Chicago: Mary Wollstonecraft, "Chapter 13. Some Instances of the Folly Which the Ignorance of Women Generates; With Concluding Reflections on the Moral Improvement That a Revolution in Female Manners Might Naturally Be Expected to Produce.," Vindication of the Rights of Woman, ed. Stevens, Bertram, 1872 - and trans. Hapgood, Isabel Florence, 1850-1928 in Vindication of the Rights of Woman (London: Effingham Wilson, Royal Exchange, 1920), Original Sources, accessed October 5, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3UX2PQWSVI278ZW.

MLA: Wollstonecraft, Mary. "Chapter 13. Some Instances of the Folly Which the Ignorance of Women Generates; With Concluding Reflections on the Moral Improvement That a Revolution in Female Manners Might Naturally Be Expected to Produce." Vindication of the Rights of Woman, edited by Stevens, Bertram, 1872 -, and translated by Hapgood, Isabel Florence, 1850-1928, in Vindication of the Rights of Woman, London, Effingham Wilson, Royal Exchange, 1920, Original Sources. 5 Oct. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3UX2PQWSVI278ZW.

Harvard: Wollstonecraft, M, 'Chapter 13. Some Instances of the Folly Which the Ignorance of Women Generates; With Concluding Reflections on the Moral Improvement That a Revolution in Female Manners Might Naturally Be Expected to Produce.' in Vindication of the Rights of Woman, ed. and trans. . cited in 1920, Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Effingham Wilson, Royal Exchange, London. Original Sources, retrieved 5 October 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3UX2PQWSVI278ZW.