ERIC Number: ED424160
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
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Mary Wollstonecraft's "Rational Education" Agenda and the Status of Women in Eighteenth Century England.
Roberts, Leonard H.
This paper describes the life of Mary Wollstonecraft, the pioneer feminist, author, and educator in 18th century England and how the influences of rational education caused her to be an advocate of women's education beyond social deportment and menial activities. Wollstonecraft believed that education should be built on strengthening a women's intellectual faculties, particularly by emphasizing the skills of logical reasoning and abstract thinking through the mastery of such subjects as mathematics, science, history, literature, and language. The Industrial Revolution forced a redefinition of women's social and economic status when many abandoned their traditional child-rearing roles and joined the factory labor force, at usually lower wages than men. The paper provides numerous citations of Wollstonecraft's writings in which she challenges the inherent inequality of the English educational and social system and calls for change. (EH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)