Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) was a writer, philosopher, and women’s rights activist in the late eighteenth century who promoted equality of the sexes and the implementation of Enlightenment political ideals. As a female intellectual in the late eighteenth century, Wollstonecraft experienced the intense social, political, and ideological divides of the French Revolution.
Who is worthy of governing? When should authority be questioned and obeyed? Is concentrated power destined to be corrupted? This article utilizes Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan (1651) to explore these questions and more.