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Mary Wollstonecraft

With Zoom video! Leah has a suffrage state quiz and then tells the remarkable tale of Mary Shelley’s mom who also wrote a revolutionary book. Learn about Mary Wollstonecraft who wrote The Vindication of the Rights of Women, published letters of evidence, and in the 1700’s was making her own living.

Show Notes

  • We’re back on Zoom so that means YouTube has live video of our silly and beautiful faces!
  • There are 5 Mondays in August so there are 5 gal-pals!
  • The gal pals this month are Dr. Leah Leach, Bonnie Fillenwarth, Katie Harris, Edan, and Klaire Lockheart
  • Edan has already talked about Frances Harper, Klaire already talked about the Statue of Liberty Protest, Bonnie already talked about Suffrage On The Move, and Katie talked about Alice Paul.
  • Get to know you quiz!! There were 14 states where women had full voting rights before the 19th Amendment. Can you name them? Answers are at the end of the show notes.
  • Leah’s 1 Cool Suffrage Thing is writer Mary Wollstonecraft (Gal’s Guide Library books on her)
  • Most famous for writing The Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792)
  • Published first with her initials M.W.
  • Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary life of Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon (2016)
  • Mary’s daughter is Frankenstein author Mary Shelley
  • Drunk History episode is SO good! Links below
  • Backlash
  • Wrote so many letters
  • Early life
  • Born in London, England
  • Sent away to a wet nurse because she was a girl
  • Father was terrible
  • Divorce was near impossible
  • Mary mother died and said to Mary “A little patience, it will all be over soon.”
  • Mary’s friendships
  • Fanny Blood – yup that’s her friend’s name
  • Set up a school
  • First novel Mary: A Fiction
  • Wanted to make her own living as a writer
  • Henry Fuseli, the painter (famous painting in the images)
  • Mary went to France during the revolution
  • Edwin Burke wrote The Vindication Rights of Men
  • Mary wrote a retort in 1790
  • American Douche Canoe, Gilbert Imlay
  • “Married”
  • Daughter Franny very sick
  • Postpartum depression
  • Wrote more books
  • Suicide attempt
  • Letters Written in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark (1796)
  • Back to London
  • Meeting William Godwin (again)
  • Literary powerhouse
  • Married
  • Pregnant
  • Gave birth to Mary Shelley
  • Died 11 days later
  • Mary Shelley learned about her mother from her letters
  • Frankenstein has a whole new layer
  • Gal’s Guide Library books about both of them
  • Suffragette influence
  • John & Abigail Adams.
  • “Remember the Ladies” Bonnie’s Art
  • Government & family are interconnected
  • Solid foundation of the suffrage movement
  • Mary Shelley has sex on her mother’s grave
  • Franken’ Friday
  • Hamilton references
  • Peggy’s story
  • QUIZ ANSWERS: Wyoming 1890, Colorado 1893, Utah 1896, Idaho 1896, Washington 1910, California 1911, Arizona 1912, Kansas 1912, Oregon 1912, Montana 1914, Nevada 1914, New York 1917, Michigan 1918, Oklahoma 1918, South Dakota 1918 (Source National Constitution Center)



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