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Mary Wollstonecraft (1759–1797) : An Inspirational Woman

It’s International Women’s Day today and I’ve been thinking about the women who inspired me. On Friday I was at the unveiling of a Blue Plaque to one very inspirational woman – Bristol-born suffragette Emmeline Pethick Lawrence. She was brought up in Weston-super-Mare and the Plaque was placed on her childhood home, Lewisham House, 80 Bristol Road Lower, Weston-super-Mare. Afterwards, I spoke at a panel event which was part of Weston-super-Mare Literature Festival. W riter and explorer Jacki Hill-Murphy told us all about some remarkable women travellers, including Isabella Bird whose biography she’s just written. Biographer Kathryn Atherton , author of Suffragette Planners and Plotters: The Pankhurst/Pethick-Lawrence Story , shared Emmeline Pethick Lawrence’s remarkable story with us. I gave a short talk about one of my own Inspirational Women – Mary Wollstonecraft. Here is the text of the talk, in which I explain why she is, for me, such an Inspirational Woman.