New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1891. First edition of this collection of essays that includes chapters by eighteen women, including Clara Barton (“Work of the Red Cross Society”), Frances Willard (“Work of the WCTU”), Ednah Dow Cheney (“Care of the Sick”), and Mary A. Livermore (“Woman in the State”). This book is nothing else than a history of woman’s slow, but sure, training to stand balanced upon her own feet. She has looked upon the thousands of falling sisters, and has very reasonably reached the conclusion that the only way to make sure of standing is to make use of her own feet” (introduction). Contemporary ink signature (Lillian Salomon, April 1891) to front flyleaf. A fine copy. Publisher’s blue cloth titled in gilt on spine. Octavo. viii, 457 pp. Item #17538
Annie Nathan Meyer (1867 – 1951) was writer and activist who successfully campaigned for the formation of Barnard College. In contrast to her sister, the suffragist Maud Nathan (1862 – 1946), Meyer did not support suffrage and was a critic of women in business, arguing that most women were uneducated and unable to make wise political choices. Her impact on the equal education movement, however, was undeniable, and New York mayor Fiorello LaGuardia called her “New York’s first high-pressure group” at a Barnard function in 1940 due to her role as a fundraiser and longtime trustee for the college.