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The Association for the Advancement of Women in 1896

Among the hundreds upon hundreds of women’s organizations, of whose making there is no end and into whose many forms the much-talked of “woman movement” has crystallized itself, there is one unique and interesting society of which little is heard, though it is of ripe age–twenty-two years–and counts its membership in every section of the country.

From Canada to Florida, from Maine to California, are women to whom the initials “A.A.W.” stand for a new inspiration in their lives, and among its hundreds of members are included women of world-wide fame, from its president, Julia Ward Howe , author of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” down. From the fact that its working methods are somewhat unlike those of most women’s clubs, the only time when the Association for the Advancement of Women challenges universal attention, is when it calls its members from the East and the North, the South and the West, to its annual convention in some representative city. For the rest of the year it works so quietly–though none the less effectively –that to many of the outside world a brief account of the Association, its membership, and its work, will come as interesting news.


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A Picture in the Room

A distinguished writer has said somewhere of the portrait of a beautiful female, with a noble countenance, that it seems as if an unhandsome action would be impossible in its presence.

Most men of any refinement of soul must have felt the truth and force of this sentiment. We have often thought that the picture of a beloved mother or devoted wife, hung up in the room where we spend our leisure hours, must certainly excite a mighty influence over the feelings and thoughts.

Cowper’s picture of his mother was a living presence, whose speaking countenance and beaming eye appealed, as no living mortal could, to his inmost soul, and stirred its profoundest depths.

But what is it that gives this power to the inanimate resemblance of departed ones? Their virtues, their moral graces and excellencies, as remembered by the affectionate survivor.

It may seem an odd thought, but we cannot help suggesting it to every female reader— to every sister, wife, and mother— that it is a worthy ambition for each of them to labor to be, both now and when dead, that picture in the house before which vice shall stand abashed, confounded, and in whose presence every virtuous and manly heart shall glow with every honorable and lofty sentiment, and be irresistibly urged to the love of goodness and truth.

Godey’s Lady’s Book— Louis Antoine Godey began publishing Godey’s Lady’s Book in 1830. He designed his monthly magazine specifically to attract the growing audience of literate American women. The magazine was intended to entertain, inform, and educate the women of America.

Image details: This painting belongs to a set of four portraits of the daughters of Louis XV of France, symbolizing the four elements (Mesdames de France). The paintings, ordered by Louis XV in 1749 to decorate the south wing of the Palace of Versailles, were executed by Nattier between 1750 and 1751.

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The Shepherd’s Dog

Without the shepherd’s dog the whole of the mountainous land in Scotland would not be worth sixpence. It would require more hands to manage a flock of sheep than the profits of the whole stock would be capable of maintaining.

Well may the shepherd, then, feel an interest in his dog.

It is, indeed, he that earns the family bread, of which he is content himself with the smallest morsel. Neither hunger nor fatigue will drive him from his master’s side; he will follow him through fire and water. Another thing very remarkable is the understanding these creatures have of the necessity of being particularly tender over lame or sickly sheep. They will drive these a great deal more gently than others, and sometimes a single one is committed to their care to take home. On these occasions they perform their duty like the most tender nurses.

Can it be wondered at, then, that the colley (collie) should be so much prized by the shepherd; that his death should be regarded as a great calamity to a family, of which he forms, to all intents and purposes, an integral part; or that his exploits of sagacity should be handed down from generation to generation?

Source: Godey’s Lady’s Book, August 1864

Godey’s Lady’s Book— Louis Antoine Godey began publishing Godey’s Lady’s Book in 1830. He designed his monthly magazine specifically to attract the growing audience of literate American women. The magazine was intended to entertain, inform, and educate the women of America.

Image: Illustration by Arthur Wardle, for A history and description of the collie or sheep dog in his British varieties (1890)

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A Mother’s Love (Godey’s Lady’s Book, 1837)

The sacred fount from whence the pure affections flow
First into life, and smoothly calm
The boisterous waves of care,
Springs from a Mother’s breast.
There, in its bright effulgent glow
Is in union sweet with nature,
The immortal passion – love;
Which, once it sways the human heart
Is like to the vari-colored bow in Heaven placed to prove
That no more will wrath o’erflow
But gentle Peace shall reign.

A mother’s love! the bird its young protects
Whilst nest’ling ‘neath her wings, and from
The death-stroke of brutish man
Would shield her tender brood, and
Shew her own frail form (so beautiful – so fair)
To the dread marksman’s aim!
Can’st say that Mother’s love is pric’d?
Can’st say ye might knit the love of millions
And yet would equal one Mother’s?

By S. F. Glenn, Washington City, October 1837.

Godey’s Lady’s Book— Louis Antoine Godey began publishing Godey’s Lady’s Book in 1830. He designed his monthly magazine specifically to attract the growing audience of literate American women. The magazine was intended to entertain, inform, and educate the women of America.
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Nellie Bly – Among the Mad

Nellie Bly was born Elizabeth Jane Cochran in “Cochran Mills”, today part of the Pittsburgh suburb of Burrell Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania on May 5, 1864. In 1880, Cochrane and her family moved to Pittsburgh. An aggressively misogynistic column titled “What Girls Are Good For” in the Pittsburgh Dispatch prompted her to write a fiery rebuttal to the editor under the pseudonym “Lonely Orphan Girl”. The editor, impressed with her passion, and ran an advertisement asking the author to identify herself. When Cochrane introduced herself to the editor, he offered her the opportunity to write another piece for the newspaper, again under the pseudonym “Lonely Orphan Girl”.

After her first article for the Dispatch, titled “The Girl Puzzle”, ran, the paper offered her a full-time job. Many woman newspaper writers at that time used pen names, and for Cochrane her editor chose “Nellie Bly”, adopted from the title character in the popular song “Nelly Bly” by Stephen Foster. The pseudonym was intended to be “Nelly Bly,” but her editor wrote “Nellie” by mistake, and the error stuck.

In honor of her 150th birthday, here is the complete text her first Godey’s article, Among the Mad, in on which she tell’s Godey’s Lady’s book readers about how she got started in New York journalistic circles and the events that led to her first standout article, Ten Days in a Mad-House.

Among the Mad

Become insane? and through my own desire be confined as a lunatic in a madhouse; bring upon myself all the mental torture of being day and night with those staring, senseless creatures, whose proximity alone fills our souls with sickening horror?

And to what end? In order to make for myself a position whereby I could earn a livelihood.

A few months previous I had come to New York a stranger. I had never been in the city before, and had not one acquaintance among its million and more inhabitants.

“We have more women now than we want,” was the invariable reply of the editors to my plea for work, while some added, “Women are no good, anyway.”

At last my purse, containing all my money, was stolen from me, and I was penniless. I was too proud to return to the position I had left in search of new worlds to conquer. Indeed, I cannot say the thought ever presented itself to me, for I never in my life turned back from a course I had started upon. I borrowed ten cents from my landlady for car-fare, and in my desperation sought out Col. Cockerill, managing editor of the New York WORLD. I had to do a great deal of talking before I was allowed to enter the elevator which carries visitors to the sacred precincts of the editor’s sanctum.

An editor is always a hard-worked man, and if he saw every person who called with some crank notion, his life, which now lasts but half the allotted time, would reach but a quarter, and the newspaper would never be issued. I really think at last I gained admission by saying that I had an important subject to propose, and if the editor-in-chief could not see me, I would go to some other paper. I always say energy rightly applied and directed will accomplish anything. I accomplished my purpose.

Without wasting any time, I laid before Col. Cockerill some plans for newspaper work, as desperate as they were startling for a girl to attempt to carry out. He gave me twenty-five dollars to retain my services while he would think over my suggestions. When the time expired, I called for his decision.

“Do you think you can work your way into an insane asylum?” he asked.


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