Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) is internationally hailed as a founder of modern feminism. In her short but eventful life she worked as a journalist and translator in London, observed the revolution in France and toured Scandinavia, leaving a diverse body of writings ranging from education and politics to philosophy, history, travel and fiction. She was at the centre of radical Romanticism, her friends including Thomas Paine, Mary Hays, Helen Maria Williams, and William Godwin, who became her husband. Her second daughter, also named Mary, authored Frankenstein and married the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Membership of the Mary Wollstonecraft Fellowship is open to everyone with an interest in this visionary thinker, her circle and her legacy. It aims to encourage new research and the exchange of ideas by producing a regular newsletter and organising events, including an annual conference on the anniversary of her birth.