Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), Writer and feminist; wife of William Godwin
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Author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), Wollstonecraft is now regarded as one of the founders of modern British feminism. As a teacher she made a powerful case for emancipating and educating women. She was a member of the London-based radical intellectual circle that included Tom Paine and William Godwin, whom she later married. She welcomed the French Revolution and travelled to Paris where she witnessed Louis XVI going to the guillotine in 1793. Godwin's startlingly candid Memoirs of Mary Wollstonecraft (1798) dominated the public perception of her for decades.
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