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Wollstonecraft, Mary

Born: 1759 AD
Died: 1797 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Authors, Philosopher

1759 – Born on the 27th of April in Spitalfields, London, England.

1784 – She convinced her sister Eliza, who was suffering from what was probably postpartum depression, to leave her husband and infant.

1792 – Wollstonecraft left for Paris in December and arrived about a month before Louis XVI was guillotined.

         – Wollstonecraft is best known for A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, in which she argues that women are not naturally inferior to men, but only appear to be because they lack education.

1793 – Wollstonecraft, Imlay registered her as his wife, even though they were not married

1794 – Wollstonecraft soon became pregnant, and on the 14th of May she gave birth to her first child, Fanny, naming her after perhaps her closest friend.

1795 – Wollstonecraft returned to London in April, but he rejected her.

         – In May, she attempted to commit suicide, probably with laudanum, but Imlay saved her life.

1796 – She recounted her travels and thoughts in letters to Imlay, many of which were eventually published as Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.

1797 – On the 30th of August, Wollstonecraft gave birth to her second daughter, Mary. Although the delivery seemed to go well initially, the placenta broke apart during the birth and became infected, a common occurrence in the eighteenth century. After several days of agony.

         – On the 10th of September, After several days of agony, Wollstonecraft died of septicemia in London, England.