Why Famous: Regarded today as one of the founding feminist authors, Wollstonecraft wrote, in 1792, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, in which she argued that women were not naturally inferior to men and should be treated equally in a society based on reason. She also wrote several other novels, a children's book, a travel narrative and a history of the French Revolution.
After her death, her widower William Godwin published a memoir of her life, revealing her unconventional relationships and affairs. This had the effect of ruining her reputation for more than a century, until the emergence of the feminist movement at near the beginning of the 20th century.
Wollstonecraft died eleven days after giving birth to her daughter Mary Shelley, who wrote the Frankenstein horror novel.
- 1797-03-29 Writer Mary Wollstonecraft marries philopher and journalist William Godwin