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27 April 1759 - 10 September 1797

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759–1797) was an English philosopher and writer, born in London.

Best known for her magnum opus A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), she’s commonly regarded as the founder of feminist philosophy.

A strong advocate for women’s rights, she argued that the equality between the sexes was not due to a lack of female intelligence, but a lack of education.

She passed away 11 days after giving birth to her second daughter, Mary Shelley, who went on to become the author of Frankenstein (1818).