Happy Birthday Mary Wollstonecraft

Today is the 253rd anniversary of the birth of Mary Wollstonecraft, author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Born on this day in 1759, Wollstonecraft was the mother of feminism – and the mother of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley.

Today is also the 44th anniversary of the implementation of the 1967 Abortion Act, which came into effect on 27th April 1968.

To celebrate two of the best things ever to happen to women in the UK, here’s a perfectly appropriate quotation from the amazing woman herself:

“I do not wish [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.” – Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, 1792

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