January 5, 2010
In 1792, Mary Wollstonecraft wrote her now famous treatise A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, in which she strenuously argued for the education of women. If the minds of women were cultivated, they would be less likely to be “blown about by every momentary gust of feeling.” They would care less about the trivialities of fashion and beauty. This would lead to happier marriages and improved child-rearing.
Though Wollstonecraft is often mistaken for a modern feminist, it is highly unlikely she would have been pleased at the state of education of women today. She did not advocate that woman be taught to venerate masculine achievement and thinking to the point of abandoning her sacred duties as mother and wife.
Presumably Wollstonecraft would have been appalled at the case of Emmie. No education is better than the mis-education of Emmie. Sensibility is better than this kind of sense.