Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Mary Wollstonecraft talk

On Sunday 22nd May, after morning service at 11 am in the chapel of Harris Manchester College (Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TD), there will be a talk at 1 pm by Lyndall Gordon, the author of Vindication: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft, concerning the life and times and Unitarian connections of the 18th-century feminist (wife of William Godwin, mother of Mary Shelley, and “the foremother of much modern thinking about education and human rights, as well as about women's rights, female sexuality and the institution of marriage"). Please bring your own sandwich lunch; for directions to the college, consult the Chapel Society website.


  1. I am really looking forward to this talk! I am tracking the influence of Mary Wollstonecraft in our day on my blog A Vindication of the Rights of Mary. I got involved with Newington Green Unitarian Church because it was celebrating her 250th anniversary. That little village of Rational Dissenters radicalised her, taught her to see the world's injustices through political eyes. But she never left the Church of England. Indeed, she wrote some fairly negative things about Dissenters as a group. I can't wait to hear what the biographer has to say about it all.