Mary Astell — philosopher

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Astell, Mary
Some Reflections upon Marriage
London: Printed for John Nut, 1700
English philosopher Mary Astell was one of the earliest feminist philosophers in the modern age. In this work she provides a witty but harsh critique of women’s disadvantages within contemporary marriage, famously asking, “if all Men are born free, how is it that all Women are born slaves?”
Astell, Mary, Some Reflections upon Marriage, London: Printed for John Nut, 1700, Lisa Unger Baskin Collection, Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Accessed March 04, 2021,


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