New York: James Pott & Co, 1905. First edition. Original publisher's cloth binding with gilt to spine and front board. Some sunning to spine and gentle bumping to corners, else a pleasing and bright copy. Contemporary ownership signature of Mrs. Albert Morris to front endpaper. Internally clean and tight. With no other copies on the market and OCLC reporting only 12 institutional holdings, this optmistic work on women's equality has become quite scarce.
Considered a 'Woman of the Century,' Helen Winslow was an American author, editor and journalist who partnered with activists including Frances Willard to promote woman's employment. "What will she be like, the woman of to-morrow?" Winslow asks at her book's opening. "Today, all American womanhood stands on a broad, high plateau with eager faces turned hopefully toward the future...Do we really understand the opportunities which influence begets?" For Winslow, the American women of the future will not only benefit from the work of her predecessors; she must push further, taking on even greater responsibility for improving society in and out of the home. Among the best methods for accomplishing this are women's clubs, and Winslow touts their past accomplishments in opening libraries, improving community sanitation, and providing intellectual stimulation as signs of what they might continue to do. Ultimately, Winslow concludes that women will continue to push ahead and succeed because that is what they have always done. "There is no 'new woman.' We are identically the same as Eve, and Sarah, and Ruth, and -- I say it with all reverence -- Mary the carpenter's mother. We have the same natures and the same intuitions, the same love of family...only in these wonderful modern times, we have kept pace with the age and we are developing as individuals and as a whole. And now that we have stepped for and won places as physicians and lawyers, now that we are widening the ranks of every profession, it behooves every woman to ask of herself...Am I doing my duty to the rest of mankind?" A serious and uplifting reflection on the responsibilities that come with equality. Fine (Item #2490)