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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

With Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects

By Mary Wollstonecraft


To M. Talleyrand-Périgord, Late Bishop Of Autun


Having read with great pleasure a pamphlet which you have lately published, I dedicate this volume to you; to induce you to reconsider the subject, and maturely weigh what I have advanced respecting the rights of woman and national education: and I call with the firm tone of humanity; for my arguments, Sir, are dictated by a disinterested spirit -- I plead for my sex -- not for myself. Independence I have long considered as the grand blessing of life, the basis of every virtue -- and independence I will ever secure by contracting my wants, though I were to live on a barren heath.

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