Mary Wortley Montagu Quotes

The ultimate end of your education was to make you a good wife.

 
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Mary Wortley Montagu
Mary Wortley Montagu
  • Born: May 26, 1689
  • Died: August 21, 1762
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Writer

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (née Pierrepont) was an English aristocrat, letter writer and poet. Lady Mary is today chiefly remembered for her letters, particularly her letters from travels to the Ottoman Empire, as wife to the British ambassador to Turkey, which have been described by Billie Melman as "the very first example of a secular work by a woman about the Muslim Orient". Aside from her writing, Lady Mary is also known for introducing and advocating for smallpox inoculation to Britain after her return from Turkey. Her writings address and challenge the hindering contemporary social attitudes towards women and their intellectual and social growth.