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Frances Willard advises young women on how to reach their goals, 1897

Occupations for women: a book of practical suggestions for the material advancement, the mental and physical development, and the moral and spiritual uplift of women


Although born in New York, educator and reformer Frances Willard grew up on a farm near Janesville. In 1857, she enrolled in the Milwaukee Female College but soon transferred to the North Western Female College in Evanston, Illinois. Willard became dean of women and professor of English and art at Northwestern University in 1873. As a new wave of antiliquor agitation arose among women in the 1870s, Willard became a leading temperance advocate and was elected corresponding secretary of the national Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) in 1874. Willard helped to transform the WCTU into a multi-issue reform organization, establishing departments to focus on everything from obscene literature to labor conditions to suffrage. In this book, Willard seeks to inspire young women to aim high in life and to follow a steady course of hard work to attain whatever position in life they want.

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Related Topics: The Progressive Era
The Woman's Suffrage Movement
Creator: Willard, Frances Elizabeth
Pub Data: Cooper Union, N.Y.: The Success Co., 1897. University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.
Citation: Willard, Frances Elizabeth. "Occupations for women: a book of practical suggestions for the material advancement, the mental and physical development, and the moral and spiritual uplift of women." (Cooper Union, N.Y.: The Success Co., 1897). Online facsimile at:  http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/History.WillaOccup; Visited on: 4/16/2014
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