Essays on Woman's Work

Essays on Woman's Work

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ...women, spinning and weaving year out and year in, day and night both, --when so much of woman's work is done by the butcher and the baker, by the tailor and the cook and the gas-maker, and she is no longer obliged to dip or mould with her own hands every candle that 'goeth not out by night, ' as in the Old Testament woman's house-keeping, --you see how very much of woman's time is left for other functions. This will become yet more the case. Ere long, a great deal of lofty science will be applied to housekeeping, and work be done by other than human hands in the house, as out of it. And, accordingly, you see that the class of women not wholly taken up by the domestic function will get larger and larger." The experience of New England and that of Old England is alike, and creates a corresponding tendency among our young women to enter upon professional life; some on the spur of a stern necessity, others inspired by a hearty enthusiasm, others making a compromise between the two modes of life, and gasping a perpetual protestation of womanhood, while stitching together the old cloth and the new. One profession after another responds to the pressure from without, and opens its enclosure to the gentle demand. Sometimes the gates are slowly forced back with an almost imperceptible movement, at other times suddenly unclose, as when a Florence Nightingale or a Rosa Bonheur gives to society the result of long hidden labours, to posterity the echo of a hitherto unknown name. In the last century it was a hard matter for a woman even to write. Miss Carter, the Greek scholar and translator of Epictetus, was currently reported to be about to be returned as "member for Deal." Poems which we should now consider as unworthy an Oxford prize, ...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236896203
  • 9781236896209