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[Women Activists]
An Appeal to the Women of the United Kingdom by Women: On a Subject Demanding Immediate Attention.
London: Houlston and Wright, 1860. First edition. Near Fine. Disbound 8 page pamphlet with pencil library shelfmark to upper cover corner and slight discoloration to bottom of cover. Internally complete and clean, with one small blot on pages 5-6. Else in exceptional condition, with no other copies on the market and OCLC reporting only one held at an institution. Pre-dating the UK Women's Suffrage Movement by almost a decade, An Appeal to the Women of the United Kingdom by Women was an early and important call to a rising class of female activists. Documenting the dire straits under which children and women were working, it encouraged the women of Britain to recognize the collective power of their own voices. "Fellow Countrywomen, Your voices are wanted--wanted throughout the kingdom--and wanted at once." Within the text, reports on unsafe working conditions and unhealthy hours were combined with emotional appeals based in maternal instinct; and the pamphlet writers argue that improvements for children and family can only come when women fight for themselves. "Fortitude and firmness, when occasion demands them, are virtues as noble and becoming in women as in men; the right line of conduct is the same for both sexes...our feelings were given to us to excite action." An early and scarce example of the rising tide of female activism in Britain, predating suffrage. Near Fine. Near Fine.
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books [USA]

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