Book — 1 online resource (xxxii, 109 pages). Digital: data file.
Editors' Introduction to the Series; Foreword; Note on the Text; Agrippa and the Feminist Tradition; Suggestions for Further Reading; Declamation on the Nobility and Preeminence of the Female Sex; Index of Biblical References; General Index.
Originally published in 1529, the "Declamation on the Preeminence and Nobility of the Female Sex" argues that women are more than equal to men in all things that really matter, including the public spheres from which they had long been excluded. Rather than directly refuting prevailing wisdom, Agrippa uses women's superiority as a rhetorical device and overturns the misogynistic interpretations of the female body in Greek medicine, in the Bible, in Roman and canon law, in theology and moral philosophy, and in politics. He raised the question of why women were excluded and provided answers based not on sex but on social conditioning, education, and the prejudices of their more powerful oppressors. His declamation, disseminated through the printing press, illustrated the power of that new medium, soon to be used to generate a larger reformation of religion. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Amsterdam : 'Aux dépens de la Compagnie, MDCCLIII 
Book — 4 v. ; 17 cm
In the first volume, the author argues that women are the equals of men, referring often to Poullain de la Barre's L'egalité des deux sexes (1673). Also considered are the historical reasons for men's assumed superiority, the education of women, and the role of women in government. The second volume focuses on eminent women, their heroism, and their accomplishments in various fields. In the third volume, the author examines and refutes vices attributed to women. In the final volume, the author continues to examine specific vices, comparing their practice by both sexes, finding men and women to be equally at fault. Cf. bookdealer's description.
First edition. - Layton, Utah : Gibbs Smith, 
Book — 1 online resource
Intro; A Brief Sketch of the Life of Mary Wollstonecraft; Introduction; The Rights and Involved Duties of Mankind Considered; The Prevailing Opinion of a Sexual Character Discussed; The Same Subject Continued; Observations on the State of Degradation to Which Woman Is Reduced by Various Causes; Animadversions on Some of the Writers Who Have Rendered Women Objects of Pity, Bordering on Contempt; The Effect Which an Early Association of Ideas Has Upon the Character; Modesty Comprehensively Considered and Not as a Sexual Virtue
Morality Undermined by Sexual Notions of the Importance of a Good ReputationOf the Pernicious Effects Which Arise from the Unnatural Distinctions Established in Society; Parental Affection; Duty to Parents; On National Education; Some Instances of the Folly Which the Ignorance of Women Generates; with Concluding Reflections on the Moral Improvement that a Revolution in Female Manners May Naturally Be Expected to Produce
By the matriarch of feminism, Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Women tackles women's rights decades before the women's suffrage movement began. In what is widely considered the very first feminist manifesto, her writing has paved the way of progress for generations to come.