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1) Mary Wollstonecraft, born in London, England on April 27, 1759 to September 10, 1797 (aged 38), was an English writer, philosopher, and advocate of women's rights.
2) Wollstonecraft is regarded as one of the founding feminist philosophers, and feminists often cite both her life and her works as important influences.
3) During her brief career, she wrote novels, treatises, a travel narrative, a history of the French Revolution, a conduct book, and a children's book.
4) She's best known for 'A Vindication of the Rights of Woman' (1792), where she argues that women are not naturally inferior to men, but appear to be only because they lack education.
5) After Wollstonecraft's death, her widower published a Memoir (1798) of her life, revealing her unorthodox lifestyle, which inadvertently destroyed her reputation for almost a century.
6) She died 11 days after giving birth to her second daughter, Mary Shelley, who would become an accomplished writer and author of Frankenstein.
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