Mary Wollstonecraft (April 27, 1759 - September 10, 1797) was a noted writer during the 18th century. She was born in Spitalfields, London. Wollstonecraft had a momentous but tragically brief career of nine years; she wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, one of the earliest surviving works of feminism, as well as a full range of work across disciplinary boundaries separating philosophy, letters, education, advice, politics, history, religion, sexuality, and feminism itself (Johnson, preface).

She was the wife of William Godwin, anarchist author, and mother of Mary Shelley, who wrote Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus and was married to English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

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