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Becoming Mary Wollstonecraft

"I am then to be the first of a new genus - I tremble at the attempt yet if I fail - I only suffer..."

So wrote the iconic Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) in a letter to her sister on November 7, 1787. Mary had just moved back to London after having been fired from her job as a governess to the three eldest daughters of the wealthiest family in Ireland for being too progressive. 

Five years later, Wollstonecraft penned A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.

Becoming Mary Wollstonecraft is Mastro's debut novel about the woman whom many historians consider the world's first feminist. At present Mastro is seeking agent representation. Inquiries can be directed here.

 

Mary Wollstonecraft called to attention the disparity in the way society educated half its population. At the time, she was both admired and scorned for her audacity. Yet her words live on well after her death and inspired women's movements around the globe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, demonstrating the impact of a single person's actions. She remains a relevant figure in the twenty-first century as women continue to look to her as a role model for equity, as evidence by this statue erected in her honor as recently as 2020. 

Becoming Mary Wollstonecraft reveals to readers a side of her too long hidden from view. Based on rich historical evidence, the novel chronicles Mary's ongoing search for her truest self from age sixteen to her untimely death at thirty-eight. 

Educational Writings

American Women in the Twentieth Century

American Women in the 20th Century, Part I: 1900-1949, a PDF available as a free download to subscribers of this website. 

 

  • 75 short profiles of women in the first half of the 20th century who left an indelible mark on America​.

  • Text includes hyperlinks to expanded biographies online from a variety of historical and other sites of interest.​

  • Fascinating reading for anyone interested in women's history.

  • Especially ideal for classroom instruction regarding women's history at the middle and high school levels.

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