Born in London on 27th of April 1759, Mary Wollstonecraft was the second of the seven siblings. Because her father`s mismanagement of his inheritance from a successful grandfather, the family experienced a decline in financial status which resulted to only have one (1) of the seven siblings to have received a formal education. Unfortunately, Mary Wollstonecraft was not given the chance to be formally educated. Despite this unfortunate event of her life, she was able to publish several writings. This knowledge was acquired through the Bible and reading famous writings of Shakespeare and Milton (Tomaselli, 2012).
This experience of Wollstonecraft gave her the courage to fight for women to receive a formal education. Mary came to the rescue of her sister and they went into hiding for a couple of years until she was able to publish her first book entitled "Thoughts on the Education of Daughters: with Reflections on Female Conduct in the more important Duties of Life (1787) helped ease her considerable financial difficulties. It consists of brief discussions on such topics as ‘Moral Discipline’, ‘Artificial Manners’, ‘Boardings-Schools’, ‘The Benefits Which Arise From Disappointments’, ‘The Observance of Sunday ’, and ‘On the Treatment of Servants’(Tomaselli, 2012). Though Mary lacked a formal education, she was able to do these achievements through her perseverance in enhancing her talents not only in writing but also in reviewing and translating which in return gave her the chance to meet great authors such as Kant and Leibniz who influenced her in her future endeavor in writing.
Catherine the Great was born as Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst on May 2, 1729, in Poland as a daughter of a minor German prince.