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Mary Wollstonecraft has a distinguished historical place as a feminist: as theorist, critic and reviewer, novelist, and especially as an activist for improving women's place in society. She also produced pedagogy or conduct writing, an anthology, translation, history, analysis of politics as well as gender politics, and a Romantic account of her travels in Scandinavia.
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27 April 1759 MW was born in Primrose Street, Spitalfields, centre of the London weaving trade. Bibliographic Citation link.
Autumn 1786 Having been forced to close her own school, MW finished writing her Thoughts on the Education of Daughters. Bibliographic Citation link.
3 January 1792 MW handed the printer her manuscript of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, which she had written in six weeks; it was quickly published. Bibliographic Citation link.
February 1792 MW's fame began: she was visited by Talleyrand (aristocratic revolutionary and the dedicatee of her Vindication of the Rights of Woman), who was on a secret mission to England from the French government. Bibliographic Citation link.
10 September 1797 Eleven days after childbirth, at twenty to eight in the morning, MW died of septicaemia or puerperal fever, having fought against it for longer than anyone expected. Bibliographic Citation link.
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