HomePhilosophia: International Journal of Philosophyvol. 39 no. 2 (2010)

Rizal’s Letter to the Malolos Young Women: A Vindication of Filipino Women’s Rights during His Time

Rosallia Domingo

Discipline: Philosophy



The author argues that Jose Rizal’s “Letter to the young women of Malolos” is a vindication of Filipino women’s rights during his time. The author examines the situation of the Filipino women as depicted in the “Letter.” Then she presents Mary Wollstonecraft’s notion of vindication of women’s rights to demonstrate that Rizal’s “Letter” is an instance of such a vindication as it calls for Filipina empowerment.