Woman’s Profession as Mother and Educator, with Views in Opposition to Woman Suffrage.
Beecher, Catharine E[sther].

Philadelphia: Geo. Maclean 1872. Second edition, expanded from the 133-page first edition published the previous year as Woman Suffrage and Woman's Profession Binding extremities a bit worn, spine slightly toned, minor soiling to boards. Light foxing, else a very good copy of a scarce book. Publisher’s brown cloth, ruled in blind, gilt-lettered spine, brown coated endpapers. Octavo. . [8], 223 pp. Includes (Item ID: 16636)


The present work contains three addresses given in Boston, Hartford, and New York. In her "Address on Female Suffrage" she "present[s] the views of that large portion of my sex who are opposed to such a change of our laws and customs as would place the responsibility of civil government on woman” (p. 3). The other addresses include “An Address to Ladies of Hartford, Conn., Invited from All Religious Denominations” and “An Address to the Christian Women of America. Beecher (1800-1878) argues society should accept Christian principles, which dictate that men (“the stronger sex”) are the ones to best deal with the cares of civil life (i.e. politics), outdoor work, and heavy labor while women are responsible for “lighter labor and care of the family state” (p. 5); she views the ballot as a burden to all women and would prove a distraction to their domestic responsibilities.

Although OCLC notes thirty-two copies of the 1871 first edition, it only notes three copies of this expanded edition.

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