Miss Mary Astell - Philosopher and Feminist: 1666-1731
Mary Astell was an English philosopher. She was born in Newcastle, and
lived her adult life in London. In addition to a number of pamphlets, she wrote
the following books:
A Serious Proposal to the Ladies, Parts I and II. Wherein a Method is offer'd for the Improvement of their Minds (1694, 1697)
Letters Concerning the Love of God Between the Author of the Proposal to the Ladies and Mr. John Norris: Wherein his late Discourse, shewing That it ought to be intire and exclusive of all other Loves, is further cleared and justified (1695)
Some Reflections upon Marriage, Occasion'd by the Duke and Duchess of Mazarine's Case; which is also considered (1700)
The Christian Religion, As Profess'd by a Daughter Of the Church of England (1705)
At some between 1712 and 1720, Mary refocused her energy towards creating a charity school for girls daughters of pensioners at the Royal Hospital where she would be head mistress. She was supported by wealthy benefactors Lady Catherine Jones, Lady Elizabeth Hastings, and Lady Ann Coventry. The school remained active until the latter part of the nineteenth century.
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