Mary Mary celebrates International women’s day

This episode of Mary Mary submits two Marys for International Womens Day. Mary Wollstonecraft is regarded as one of the founding feminist philosophers. Feminists often cite both her life and work as important influences. During her brief career, she wrote novels including a history of the French Revolution, a conduct book, and a children’s book. Wollstonecraft is best known for A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), in which she argues that women are not naturally inferior to men, but appear to be only because they lack education. She suggests that both men and women should be treated as rational beings and imagines a social order founded on reason.

Wollstonecraft died at the age of 38, eleven days after giving birth to her second daughter, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin. Known as Mary Shelley, her best known work was Frankenstein.

Mary Wollstonecraft
Mary Wollstonecraft by John Opie, c. 1797

Mary Mary, Where you going to?

Written by Michael Nesmith of the Monkees. The Monkees were a band brought together for a TV series in 1966 and soon became creative artists in their own right. Michael Nesmith and Mickey Dolenz continue to tour as of 2019. The lyrics to the song are about a fellow wanting just to be with Mary. It is interesting to note that other songs written during that time often used the name Mary to represent Marijuana.

Here is a link to the song

Mary Mary Quite Contrary, how does your garden grow?

With Silver Bells and cockle shells and pretty maids all in a row.

The origin of this nursery rhyme is disputed. The oldest know print version is from Tommy Thumbs pretty song book published in 1744. It was becoming much easier to print and circulate stories and rhymes in the 18th century, a time which was also becoming known as the “Age of Enlightenment”. A period when philosophers and writers began to question established beliefs. Like the authority of Rulers and Religions. For that reason, some say 18th century nursery rhymes may have secret political or religious connotations. To learn more about this, go to the Wikipedia page Mary Mary Quite Contrary.

Stay tuned for the next episode of Mary Mary. Episode 2, Mary Mary, Where you going to?