Women in modern society are as close to equal rights as they have ever been, thanks to the efforts of early feminists like Mary Wollstonecraft. Her 1792 work, A Vindication of the Rights of Women, advocated for the equal education of women, access that had been historically denied due to women's supposed irrationality and hyperemotional state. High schoolers view a short video that summarizes Wollstonecraft's text with helpful animation.
- Compare the summary of Wollstonecraft's views from the video to a class reading of the primary source
- Have learners watch the video at home and come to class prepared with discussion questions or a completed KWL chart
- Begins with an advertisement that you can skip
- Refer to the publisher's website for a complete analysis of the text
- The applicable example from the book, which compares the value of women in society and the nutritional value of fruit, may offend members of your class; use their indignation as the basis for a thoughtful discussion
- Explains the historical context of the book
- Uses animation to illustrate the main idea