After reading from the excerpts of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman I have concluded that the situations of women, as far as rights are concerned, have indeed improved vastly. However, even though their situation has been amended and they are now afforded the same equal rights as men, not all women take advantage of these rights. A fraction of women still care more about their own physical beauty, appearance, and the prospect of finding a husband than anything else. Furthermore even, some of the more juvenile women will even occasionally go so far as to play dumb, thinking to attract the affection of men; while others get so self-obsessed with their appearance that they don’t even have to act in order to be received as dim witted or ditsy, and it is this minority of women who continue to hinder the role of women in society as a whole. Nonetheless, this does not mean that most women have not taken advantage of these rights, establishing themselves as equals to men within schools, at work, and in the home.
In comparison to 1792, in which A Vindication of the Rights of Woman was written by Mary Wollstonecroft, women’s rights have vastly improved. In the time of Wollstonecroft, women were unwittingly oppressed by men for years through lack of education and operant conditioning that taught them to be nothing more than attractive, elegant, and essentially the subordinates of men; making independent thoughts or the use of personal reason a scarce occasion among the women of the age. It is through this lack of education that most women of the era were unable to recognize the subservient roles that they were forced into; buying into the aristocracy of man, who called their ignorance “innocence”.
Wollstonecroft, being one of few exceptions to the “innocence” of women in her day, argued against this oppression in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. She states that women, having souls as well as having been created by God alongside men, should have the same inclination to be able to exercise will and reason. Furthermore, that if they were afforded the same education that men were, and were instead taught to value reason and common sense over the favor of emotion and sentiment that they would be less incline to be so self-possessed. Wollstonecroft continues listing various pursuits for women to take within society instead of embellishing their ignorance and indulging themselves in silly activities such as visiting fortune tellers, engaging in rivalries with other woman, reading stupid novels, and indulging their children to the point of near idolization. Allowing them to engage and learn in society would effectively allow them to expand their minds through “active exertions” instead of indulging themselves in their “silliness”.
It however, would be almost 100 years before any of the things Wollstonecroft argued for would ever be amended, starting in America in 1869 with the first law enabling suffrage in Wyoming. Over the next 145 years torrents of...