Collective Biographies of WomenAn Annotated Bibliography
Fawcett, Millicent Garrett, Dame.[Mrs. Henry —] Some Eminent Women of Our Times: Short Biographical Sketches. London, New York, and Edinburgh: Macmillan, 1889; 1894.
TOC: Elizabeth Fry; Mary Carpenter; Caroline Herschel; Sarah Martin; Mary Somerville; Queen Victoria; Harriet Martineau; Florence Nightingale; Mary Lamb; Agnes Elizabeth Jones; Charlotte and Emily Brontë; Elizabeth Barrett Browning; Lady Sale and Her Fellow-Hostages in Afghanistan; Elizabeth Gilbert; Jane Austen; Maria Edgeworth; Queen Louisa of Prussia; Dorothy Wordsworth; Sister Dora; Mrs. Barbauld; Joanna Baillie; Hannah More; The American Abolitionists: Prudence Crandall and Lucretia Mott.
Preface dated London 1889: "Written for The Mothers' Companion" in monthly installments 1887-1888; reprinted with permission of Messrs. Partridge, in chronological order of first publication (v-vi). "The sketches were intended chiefly for working women and young people; it was hoped it would be an encouragement to them to be reminded how much good work had been done in various ways by women." Fawcett notes "that nearly all the best contributions of women to literature have been made during the last hundred years...there has been an equally remarkable activity in the spheres of work held to be peculiarly feminine. So far, therefore, from greater freedom and better education encouraging women to neglect womanly work, it has caused them to apply themselves to it more systematically and more successfully. The names of Elizabeth Fry, Mary Carpenter, Sarah Martin, Agnes Jones, Florence Nightingale, and Sister Dora are a proof of this. I believe that we owe their achievements to the same impulse which in another kind of excellence has given us Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, and Elizabeth Browning" (v).
See How To Make It as a Woman, 142. See also Pop Chart
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