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A Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792) is a work of crucial importance in intellectual history. Considered by most as Western feminisms central heroine, Wollstonecraft argues that women must be educated to develop their reason in order to throw off the frivolous, debilitating role of mans plaything. Rather than cultivating power from sexual allure, women should be honest, intelligent, and independent. Her concern about how womens innate worth is denigrated by improper definitions of the feminine in novels, in advice literature, and in educational systems has inspired women for over two centuries to contemplate the connections between power and femininity.