Reading a dual biography of British writryer/philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter, Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein. The elder Mary published A Vindication of the Rights of Women in 1792, and to read excerpts of it is a stunning experience. Were women inferior to men? If so, how? Wollstonecraft took on those questions, and sadly, we are still trying to answer those today. What a courageous woman, to write in the 1790s, that women were as capable of rational thought as men. The younger Mary was a rebel in her own way, believing that her body and her life belonged to herself, and not to any man.
(The book is called Romantic Outlaws, and I am only about 1/3 done.)