*Update 19/10/22: we have now reached our target – many thanks to all who have given generously.*

Help us to raise £4000 to purchase a copy of Mary Wollstonecraft’s Posthumous Works.

Wollstonecraft is one of the long eighteenth’s century’s most important philosophical thinkers. She is renowned for her Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), a radical proto-feminist work that argues passionately for women’s right to education, but her varied oeuvre includes conduct books, political history, children’s literature, travel writing, translation, novels and short stories. She is a significant author for Chawton House because she is an integral figure across many of the thematic strengths of our collection, from early women’s rights and Gothic to Jane Austen’s world. Her views and arguments allow public audiences to understand what life was like for women during Wollstonecraft’s period, but also encourage reflection on modern attitudes to gender, education, and sexuality. Her biography raises important questions about reputation and legacy.

In addition to signing up for a recording slot on our audiobook of Wollstonecraft’s powerful novel Maria, or the Wrongs of Woman, you can help by taking part in our fundraiser, in return for a series of special Chawton House rewards:

£5: Acknowledgement in our digital magazine The Female Spectator (Winter, 2022 issue) + free copy

£10: Acknowledgement in The Female Spectator (Winter, 2022 issue) & subscription for 2023 issues

£25: Acknowledgement in The Female Spectator (Winter, 2022 issue) & subscription for 2023 issues. Day pass to Chawton House. Access to digital Wollstonecraft package

£50+: Acknowledgement in The Female Spectator (Winter, 2022 issue) & subscription for 2023 issues. Day pass to Chawton House. Access to digital Wollstonecraft package. First to receive a new Wollstonecraft pendant specially designed by Tatty Devine.

Please note that rewards will be sent out after the end of the campaign on 1 December.

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