This International Women’s Day I shall be reading Mary Wollstonecraft’s Vindication of the Rights of Woman.
With chapter titles like these,
Observations on the State of Degradation to which Woman is Reduced by Various Causes
Morality Undermined by Sexual Notions of the Importance of Good Reputation
Of the Pernicious Effects which Arise from the Unnatural Distinctions Established in Society
I’m looking forward to an interesting read, and to finding out what women were thinking and feeling about their place in society back in 1792.
The text is in the public domain, and is available to download here.
If you’d like some other ideas for Women’s Day reading, here are some books by and about women and girls, which I’ve read in the last few years and which made an impression on me:
The Duchess, by AmandaForeman
Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
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