Blogging from A-Z April 2018 Challenge

M is for Bathsua Makin

Bathsua Reginald Makin (c. 1600 – c. 1675) was a proto-feminist, middle-class Englishwoman who contributed to the emerging criticism of woman’s position in the domestic and public spheres in 17th-century England. Makin was referred to as “England’s most learned lady,” due to her knowledge of Greek, Latin, Hebrew, German, Spanish, French and Italian. Makin argued primarily for the right of women and girls to obtain an education in an age that questioned the ability of women to be educated. She is best known for her polemical treatise entitled An Essay To Revive the Antient Education of Gentlewomen, in Religion, Manners, Arts & Tongues, with an Answer to the Objections against this Way of Education (1673).
I was unable to find a modern edition of Bathsua Makin’s works, however, the following title has included selections of her works.
First Feminists: British Women Writers, 1578–1799. Edited by Moira Ferguson. Indiana University Press, 1985.

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