1. says

    If girls were boys quickly would it be said: start them where they will, they can, if ambitious, win a name and fortune. How many wealthy and great men could be pointed out who started in the depths; but where are the many women? Let a youth start as errand boy and he will work his way up until he is one of the firm. Girls are just as smart, a great deal quicker to learn; why, then, can they not do the same? As all occupations for women are filled why not start some new ones. Instead of putting the little girls in factories let them be employed in the capacity of messenger boys or office boys. It would be healthier. They would have a chance to learn; their ideas would become broader and they would make as good, if not better, women in the end. It is asserted by storekeepers that women make the best clerks. Why not send them out as merchant travelers? They can talk as well as men — at least men claim that it is a noted fact that they talk a great deal more and faster. If their ability at home for selling exceeds a man’s why would it not abroad? Their lives would be brighter, their health better, their pocketbooks fuller, unless their employers would do as now — give them half wages because they are women.

    She was an amazing woman, and did good every day of her life.

  2. blf says

    Tip: You may have to use or, there does not seem to be a special doodle today for or or, presumably, some other domains.

    Actually, I think tends to redirect to your local-ish Generalissimo Google™ so that might not work…

  3. says

    As a man I feel privileged to live in a world where this is no longer shocking. Not saying it’s perfect, not by a long shot, but we have come a long way nevertheless.

  4. Lady Mondegreen says

    I read a biography of her when I was a little kid. She’s been a hero of mine ever since.