Program Type:History & Genealogy
Mary Wollstonecraft was so ahead of her time in her self-determination as a woman and in her championing of human and women's rights that many on both sides of the issue called her a freak. She sought to teach a better way of thinking and being, both as a governess educating children, and as a writer of philosophical tracts seeking to reform human society and free it from superstition and misogynistic prejudice.
Her lucid, beautifully-reasoned writings are now becoming more appreciated, which range from well-researched journalism on the unfolding French Revolution, epistolarian literature, and essays on social injustices.
This program will focus on her key feminist work A Vindication of the Rights of Women, as well as her storied life as an 18th century heroine.
Guest speaker: Dr. Linda Zionkowski, current holder of the Samuel and Susan Crowl Professorship in English Literature at Ohio University.
Register online or by contacting a librarian. Copies of the book will be available from ACPL and interlibrary loan.