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The Glory of Woman: Prescriptive Literature, 1890 - 1899
- Abel, Mary Hinman. Practical Sanitary and Economic Cooking Adapted to Persons of Moderate and Small Means. [Rochester, N.Y.]: The American public health association, 1890.
Abel explains how to make the most of foods like stale bread, sour milk, and tougher cuts of meat, as well as minimize fuel use and organize shopping expeditions for optimum efficiency.
- Allen, Monfort B., M.D. and Amelia C. McGregor, M.D. The Glory of Woman; or, love, marriage, and maternity. Chicago: J.S. Ziegler, 1896.
Contains “full information on all the marvelous and complex matters pertaining to women,” including detailed medical advice, anatomical diagrams, and hints on beauty, courtship, marriage, and motherhood.
- Deshon, George. Guide for Catholic Young Women: especially for those who earn their own living. New York: Columbus Pub. Co., 1893.
Advice and encouragement for working Catholic women: “…your condition of life is one of the very best in which God could place you, and it is a great privilege for you to be in it rather than in any other.”
- Household News [serial]. Philadelphia: Household News Co., Ltd., 1895.
Articles on cookery, current events, and self-development: "...a woman who does her own housework need not be slow in cultivating a taste for art and literature. Toward this end, if she lives simply, though well, she can usually have restful intervals for reading."
- The Ladies' World [serial]. New York: S. H. Moore & Co., 1896.
This women's magazine features an article entitled "Bicycling as an Ideal Exercise": "To appeal to tired women with illness and vexed with numberless cares, we must show them an exercise combining the maximum of pleasure and the minimum of hard work. This we find in the wheel."
- Minnie Albright's Experience: or, a friendly warning to young ladies forming acquaintance with strangers… Boston: Cornhill Printing Company, 1895.
“Never be too hasty for a home or a husband; but know thoroughly the character and family of the man you are to marry, or else, like poor Minnie, you will make a perfect wreck of your life.”
- Moss, Catherine. Every-Day Work in the Household: a book for girls in domestic service… London: Bemrose, 1892.
“Remember that your mistress has many, very many things to think about – more than you can possibly imagine very likely, for you cannot know all she does.” A manual for domestic servants with advice on washing up, storing food, sweeping, waiting at table, and general household conduct.
- Paine, Harriet Eliza. The Unmarried Woman. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1892.
“Is there…any intrinsic reason why it is better to marry than to live alone?” Paine examines the difficulties and opportunities of single life, the importance of friends, aging, and “the home instinct.”
- Parloa, Maria. Miss Parloa's Young Housekeeper. Boston: Estes & Lauriat, 1897.
“A young woman who would create an ideal home must possess some judgment, and a heart in which charity and sympathy have a large place.” Includes recipes and hints for furnishing a home, buying and preserving food, and organizing household work.
- The Queen of Fashion [serial]. New York: McCall Co., 1895.
This serial contains fiction and fashion tips, as well as social commentary: “The American woman, by her reading, is developing marvelously in a political way and attaining such knowledge as will make her a power in influencing the home circle even if it has no effect on helping her to obtain suffrage.”
- Ryder, Annie H. Go Right On, Girls! Develop your bodies, your minds, your characters. Boston: D. Lothrop Company, .
The author encourages girls to be confident and self-accepting: “…great wrong lies in our being so blind, so dull, so indifferent to ourselves as not to recognize the fact that we ourselves have gifts, every girl of us.”
- The Woman’s Book. New York: C. Scribner’s sons, 1894.
These two substantial volumes address “the modern conditions of home-life, self-support, education, opportunities, and every-day problems.”