Mary Wollstonecraft helps People's History Museum with crowdfunding appeal

By Edward Lowton | 16 June 2015

National museum of democracy's new crowdfunding initiative commemorates the legacy of the influential proto-feminist thinker

Photo of an image of a woman in black and white on a green background
Mary Wollstonecraft by Stewy, taken from the original life size stencil at the Unitarian Chapel, Newington Green, London© Stewy
Celebrating the life of 18th century women’s rights advocate Mary Wollstonecraft, a new crowdfunding campaign #GetMary has been launched by the People’s History Museum.

The initiative is part of the Manchester-based museum’s Sponsor a Radical Hero fundraising campaign which aims to preserve the memory of the British thinkers whose ideas helped shape modern Britain.

"Our campaign offers a chance for people to put their names against something, and someone, they really believe in," says Katy Ashton, Museum Director.

A writer and philosopher, Wollstonecraft ‘s best-known book, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) argued that women were not inferior to men but merely lacked education and that women should be permitted to participate in politics, “instead of being arbitrarily governed without any direct share allowed them in the deliberations of government.”

Photo of a painting of a woman wearing a white shirt and a black hat
Mary Wollstonecraft by John Opie (circa 1797)© National Portrait Gallery
#GetMary is supported by graffiti artist Stewy who has created a series of prints that will be part of the benefits package for supporters.

Supporters can pledge either £10, £50 or £300 towards the sponsorship of Mary Wollstonecraft and will receive recognition in the museum in addition to the  benefits package.

Visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/getmary for more information.

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