DOZ Issue 39 January 2019 - Page 12

DOZ Inspirational Biography Mercy James do not wish them to have power over men but over themselves. This is a famous contradictory quote to what modern life is preaching by one of the immortalized icons (Mary Wollstonecraft) in the world of women. Mary Wollstonecraft was born into a financially stable family on 27 April 1759 in Spitalfields, London but never enjoyed the luxury of comfort for too long before the table was turned around by her drunkard and abusive father. In the struggle to live a more comfortable life, her father decided to satisfy himself by jeopardizing her future. He turned in all the saving meant for her in her youthful days and squandered them all. Men are expected to protect and provide for the family but in a situation where they become the source of disaster, what will be the fate of the crumbling home. In Mary’s case, she demonstrated an extraordinary woman strength by standing to save her mother and two sisters from the ruthlessness of her father. She made herself their guard by sleeping at their doorstep so they could have a good sleep without the fear of being terrorized by their father and husband. Two of her friends (Jane Arden and Fanny Blood) that became a significant part of her life influenced her with their behavior and contributions. In 1778, the situation of the house grew worst, and Mary could no longer derive any happiness from the place, so she decided to take a new step by accepting a job as a lady’s companion to Sarah Dawson. After several hustles, Mary had no choice than to return home in 1780 to take care of her DOZ Magazine | January 2019 dying mother whom she eventually lost to the cold hands of death. Despite the pain, anguish, and frustration of not having any support from her father, Mary picked herself up and worked on herself to become a better person instead of embracing self-pity. Mary turned out to be an English writer, an advocate of women’s right and a philosopher. She believed that women are not naturally inferior to men, but they appear so because they lack education. This became a motivation and driving force to her success because she understood that gender is never a barrier to greatness but the mindset of every individual. Mary wrote several books, which include novels, a travel narrative, a conduct book, treatises, history of the French revolution and a children’s book. Mary got married to a philosopher named William Godwin after two failed relationships with Henry Fuseli and Gilbert Imlay but never lived to see her daughter grow into a beautiful woman that would continue to advocate for the freedom of women to live as freeborn and not slaves. She died eleven days after the birth of her second child in 1792 leaving behind several unfinished and unpublished works. In death, Mary almost lost all her good reputations following the publication of a Memoir by her husband in 1798, but her relevance and the relevance of her philosophy became profound and undeniable years after her death. Do that which is right, stand for what you believe. In no time, even critics will end up singing your praise. Being a woman is not a limitation. Liberate yourself from every barrier and gain your freedom. 12 Photo I Mary Wollstonecraft