Wollstonecraft: Mentality Has No Gender, Equal Education Is Necessary

Wollstonecraft: Mentality Has No Gender, Equal Education Is Necessary

June 27, 2021 Off By Felso

For most of known history, women have been seen as dependent on men.

In the 18th century, the correctness of this idea began to be openly opposed. One of the most famous of these dissenting voices is British radical feminist Mary Wollstonecraft.

Many previous considerations have said that there are physical differences between men and women to justify the unfair social inequality between women and men. However, the validity of this logic began to be discussed in the light of new ideas that emerged in the 17th century, such as John Locke’s view that almost all knowledge is acquired through experience and education.

Wollstonecraft claimed that if men and women receive the same education, they can acquire the same good qualities and the same rational outlook on life, on the basis that they have basically similar brain structures.

Wollstonecraft’s demand for women to be equal citizens with equal rights with men was met with disdain in the late 18th century. However, Wollstonecraft thus sowed the seeds of the feminist movements that would flourish in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Prepared by: Sociologist Ömer YILDIRIM
Source: Omer YILDIRIM’s Personal Lecture Notes. Atatürk University Sociology Department 1st Year “Introduction to Philosophy” and 2nd, 3rd, 4th Grade “History of Philosophy” Lecture Notes (Ömer YILDIRIM); Open Education Philosophy Textbook