What Our Girls Ought to Know. Mary J. Studley.
What Our Girls Ought to Know.
What Our Girls Ought to Know.

What Our Girls Ought to Know.

New York: M.L. Holbrook, 1878. First edition. Binding is clean and bright despite minor rubbing to extremities. Endpapers toned at edges. Light foxing to edges. A very good, overall clean copy. Publisher’s green cloth stamped in in blind and titled in gilt. Twelvemo. 261 pp. Item #17103

A health manual for young women that encourages readers to improve their health so they can pursue higher education and participate in society outside the home. Mary J. Studley writes that common diagnoses given to women by male doctors, primarily “neuralgia,” could be easily avoided if women were not confined to the home, kept from physical activity, and required to wear uncomfortable clothing. Studley argues the importance of women doctors in the medical field and that their work was essential to liberating women from a medical system that pathologized nearly every aspect of their behavior.

We could not locate much information on Studley aside from the descriptions of her own life that she gives in the introduction. Studley was an educator, dress reformer, and advocate for women’s higher education.

Price: $150.00

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