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The Rights of Woman

The Rights of Woman

by Anna Laetitia Barbauld

The Rights of Woman Summary

The poem begins with a call to arms: rise up, women! Take a stand! Go kick out the men who have been oppressing you for too long! The poem continues in the same way, describing how women are going to take over and rule the world. But in the final lines of the poem, the speaker backs off, and says that the desire to rule the roost will disappear if men and women actually love and trust each other. Well that's new.

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