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November 2020 Book

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft

From the British Library

“Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman was a ground-breaking work of literature which still resonates in feminism and human rights movements of today.

Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) wrote the book in part as a reaction to Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the French Revolution, published in late 1790. Burke saw the French Revolution as a movement which would inevitably fail, as society needed traditional structures such as inherited positions and property in order to strengthen it. Wollstonecraft’s initial response was to write A Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790), a rebuttal of Burke that argued in favour of parliamentary reform, and stating that religious and civil liberties were part of a man’s birth right, with corruption caused in the main by ignorance. This argument for men’s rights wasn’t unique – Thomas Paine published his Rights of Man in 1791, also arguing against Burke – but Wollstonecraft proceeded to go one step further, and, for the first time, a book was published that argued for women’s rights to be on the same footing as men’s.”

A reading copy is available from Project Gutenberg and there is a LibriVox reading on YouTube that you can listen to.

October 2020 Book

Is a room of one’s own something that resonates with you in the time of COVID? Would you like your own space away from it all, away from the virus, away from the kids, away from the new normal? If so, take some time out on Thursday 29 October from 7:00pm and join us in a room of our own.

The Feminist Classics Book Club is discussing Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own at its first virtual meetup, and members and supporters of The Women’s Library are welcome to join us. Let us know if you would like to be part of the discussion and we will send you the the event details.

The Internet Archive has a copy of the book that you can read online. Or you can listen to this reading.

You are most welcome to join the discussion without having read the book. If you want the gist of it, this Guardain review or  this lecture might help.

To take part in the discussion, you will have to use Zoom on your PC, tablet, or phone. You can use Zoom without having a Zoom account, but you should allow time to download the program before the discussion if you are not already using Zoom.


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