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Mary Astell

12 November 1666 – 11 May 1731

Feminist writer and educationalist, often referred to as 'the first English feminist.


If all men are born free, how is it that all women are born slaves?


Fetters of gold are still fetters, and the softest lining can never make them so easy as liberty.

An Essay in Defence of the Female Sex, 1696


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