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Mary Astell

  • Birth 12 Nov 1666 Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Metropolitan Borough of Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England
  • Death 9 May 1731 Chelsea, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, England
  • Burial Chelsea, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, England
  • Plot plaque
  • Memorial ID 22809956

Author and Social Reformer, she is known as "the first English feminist". She was the daughter of a merchant, who gave her a good education. At about twenty years old she left Newcastle and went to London, where she spent the remainder of her life. She wrote "A Serious Proposal to the Ladies", suggesting a scheme for the education and improvement of the female sex. In 1700, she wrote and published a book, entitled, Reflections on Marriage, where she carried her arguments for the birthrights and privileges of her sex. She also wrote several political pamphlets. She died of breast cancer and was buried at Chelsea (exact site is unknown). Her name is on a plaque in the church.

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  • Originally Created by: julia&keld
  • Added: 10 Nov 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22809956
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Astell (12 Nov 1666–9 May 1731), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22809956, citing All Saints Churchyard, Chelsea, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .