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1797 – Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin died at age 38. Her exact date of birth is unknown. She was a tireless worker for women’s intellectual, domestic, and political freedom and one of the early devotees of women’s rights. Her best known of many works is A Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792). She died after giving birth to Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein. She was friends with prominent Unitarians and was heavily influenced by them.