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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 2 (search)
II. outside of the shelter. Many years ago, in April, 1859, Harriet Martineau wrote an article on Female industry, in the Edinburgh Review, and stated very forcibly the wholly changed conditions of women's labor since the days when Adam delved and eve span. She called attention to the simple fact that a very large proportion of English women now earn their own bread, and that upon this changed condition the whole question must turn. A social organization, she said, framed for a community of which half staved at home while the other half went out to work cannot answer the purposes of a society of which a quarter remains at home while three-quarters go out to work. She pointed out that while it might formerly leave been true, as a rule, that men supported women, it was also true that this state of things had already ceased to be the general fact. Three millions out of six of adult English women work for subsistence, and two out of the three in independence. With this new con
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 3 (search)
It was the Latin epitaph upon the model woman that she stayed at home and spun--Domum servavit, lanam fecit. It is a motto which Mr. Newell, the scientific explorer of nursery rhymes, would perhaps find preserved in Mrs. Mouse's answer to the frog who would a-wooing go : Pray, Mistress Mouse, are you within? -- Heigho! says Rowley. Oh yes, kind sir; I'm sitting to spin -- With a Rowley, Powley, etc. But as no amount of spinning saved that excellent matron from the terrible cat, so Harriet Martineau and other literary women might be as good housekeepers as they pleased without clearing themselves from reproach. Indeed, it is rather pathetic to notice how the pioneer women authors in America, such as Mrs. Child and Miss Leslie, endeavored to disarm public judgment by printing some Frugal Housewife or Seventy-five Receipts before showing their heads as writers. Even now the practice is not discontinued, and Marion Harland, with all her wide popularity, has to wind up with a practi
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 45 (search)
nd says, with sincere but tardy contrition, I am afraid I have tired you. Oh no, says the patient; not at all. It is her last gasp for that morning; she can scarcely muster strength to say it; but let us be polite or die. Brevity is the soul of visiting, as of wit, and in both eases the soul is hard to grasp. As some preacher used to follow a sound maxim for his sermons, No soul saved after the first twenty minutes, so you cannot aid in saving the sick body after the first five. Harriet Martineau, in her Life in the Sickroom, says that invalids are fortunate if there is not some intrusive person who needs to be studiously kept at a distance. But the peril of which I speak comes not from the intrusive, but from the affectionate and the conscientious-those who bring into the room every conceivable qualification for kind service except observation and tact. The invalid's foes are they of his or her own household, or, at any rate, are near friends or kind neighbors. The kinder t
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 51 (search)
o, here and there, what may fairly be regarded as first-class intellectual work. Until within a century but one single instance of this success was recorded — that of Sappho, in lyric poetry. Within the last century other instances have followed-Rachel in dramatic art, Rosa Bonheur in animal painting, George Sand and George Eliot in prose fiction. These cases are unquestionable. Other women have at least reached a secondary place in other spheres — as Mrs. Somerville in science, Harriet Martineau in political economy, Elizabeth Barrett Browning in poetry. The inference would seem natural that it is simply a case of slower development — a thing not at all discouraging in a world where evolution reigns, and the last comer generally wins. Meanwhile, as there is no profession — not even the stage — in which a woman is not still a little handicapped, it is natural that she should disguise her work as man's work; and that Miss Murfree should find complete shelter under the very