Woman’s Work and Woman’s Culture. A Series of Essays.
Butler, Josephine E.

London: Macmillan, 1869. First edition of a work edited by a “great founding mother of modern feminism,” who feminist intellectual, political and union leader, and writer Millicent Fawcett (1847-1949) referred to as “the most distinguished English woman of the nine Binding extremities lightly rubbed with minor wear to corners. Minor chip to top edge of front board. Spine slightly toned with light wear to the crown and foot. Minor soiling to cloth. Intermittent very minor foxing. The occasional small stain. Contemporary bookplate on verso of front flyleaf. A very good, tight copy. Publisher’s blue cloth double-ruled in blind with blindstamped central panel, gilt spine. lxiv, 367 pp (Item ID: 16420)

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Josephine Elizabeth Butler (1828-1906) was a social reformer and women’s activist, primarily remembered for her leadership in the campaign to repeal the Contagious Diseases Acts (1870-86), which sought to regulate the spread of venereal disease by imprisoning prostitutes and subjecting them to medical and police inspection. From 1867 to 1873, she was the President for the North England Council for Promoting the Higher Education of Women. During the course of her life, she authored ninety books and pamphlets

The essays in the present work include: “The Final Cause of Woman” by activist and anti-vivisectionist Frances Power Cobbe (1822-1904), “Education Considered as a Profession for Women” by Reverend George Butler (the author’s husband, 1819-1890), “Medicine as a Profession for Women” by Sophia Louisa Jex-Blake (1840-1912), and “The Teaching of Science” by James Stuart (educational reformer and politician, 1843-1913), and others.

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