Lady Mary Wortley Montagu: Poems


Montagu criticised contemporary social attitudes towards women in many of her writings. In one of the issues of the Nonsense of Common Sense, she defended the dignity of women as moral and intellectual beings equal and in some ways even superior to men. In it, she stated: "Men, that have not sense enough to show any superiority in their arguments, hope to be yielded to by a faith that, as they are men, all the reason that has been allotted to human kind had fallen to their share. I am seriously of another opinion." She may also have been the author of a fairly radical anonymous pamphlet entitled Woman not inferior.[22]

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