New York: The Success Company, 1897. First edition. With a frontisportrait of Willard and seventy-five illustrations, most full-page, including numerous portraits of important women like Maria Mitchell, Margaret E. Sangster, Lady Isabella Somerset, and Alice Stone Blackwell. Spine sunned. Some rubbing and soiling to cloth. Some predation to front endpapers and some light toning to margins throughout. Overall a good, clean copy of this survey of employment opportunities for women, scarce in commerce. Publisher’s pictorial pink cloth stamped in red, green, and gilt. Quarto. 504 pp. Item #17290
The present work encourages women to seek careers as dentists, pharmacists, veterinarians, political leaders, journalists and editors, typesetters and printers, beekeepers, inventors, and more. One notable chapter, titled “Chances for Colored Girls” (p. 378-382), spotlights Black women like translator Charlotte Fortin, educator and lecturer Maria Baldwin, Boston Herald editor Lilian Lewis, and Lutie L. Little, the first Black woman in America to practice law. Another interesting chapter is “What the Blind Can Do,” which describes the careers of blind woman educators, musicians, and authors like Cornelia Roeske and Helen Aldrich de Kroyft (pp. 310-316).
Frances E. Willard (1839 - 1898) was a temperance activist and suffrage leader who served as the Women’s Christian Temperance Union president from 1879 until her death. Her works include A Woman of the Century, which she wrote with journalist and abolitionist Mary A. Livermore. Hannah Whitall Smith, in the introduction to Willard’s autobiography, wrote, “as President for nearly ten years of the National Woman’s Christian Temperance Union...Frances E. Willard has won a love and loyalty that no other woman...has ever before possessed,” (p.vi).