Detroit: F.B. Dickerson & Co., 1885. First edition, second printing. First printed in 1884. A review of the areas of employment open to women, supplemented with examples of women’s prose and poetry to illustrate women’s literary achievements. Possible areas of employment listed in the book include journalism, law, medicine, government and politics, printing, dressmaking, farming, and more. With eighteen plates (including frontisportrait of Rayne) printed in blue; illustrated title-page printed in blue; and headpieces, tailpieces, and decorative initials throughout. Hinges neatly reinforced with black cloth between endpapers. Very fresh throughout. A very good, clean, and tight copy. Original maroon cloth stamped in black with floral border and title in gilt. Cloth of front cover faded. Some edgewear. All edges gilt. Floral endpapers. Large octavo. Item #17126
Martha Louise Rayne (1836 – 1911) was one of the earliest woman journalists in the United States. She wrote for and edited multiple Chicago newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, and the culture magazine Fashion, Music and Home Reading; she also serialized short stories in the Detroit Free Press and the Los Angeles Herald. Rayne gained recognition by reporting on the weddings of Frederick Grant, son of Ulysses S. Grant, and Union general Philip Sheridan, which allowed her to secure an interview with Mary Todd Lincoln. At the time, Lincoln was confined to a mental institution, and the piece Rayne wrote on Lincoln led to her release from the institution. In 1886, Rayne established the first women’s journalism school in the United States, and, four years later, became a founding member and first vice president of the Michigan Woman's Press Association. .