The “woman question” is crucial in the battle for social justice. So argued Mary Wollstonecraft in 1791 in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.
It remains one of the clearest denunciations of women’s oppression ever published. It also pre-empted, by nearly 200 years, many of the radical ideas that emerged in the feminist and socialist movements of the 1960s and 1970s.
Born in 1759 in grimy Spitalfields in London, as a child Wollstonecraft listened to her alcoholic father raping and beating her mother.