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A Woman’s Work: A Library of One’s Own

Read the news with a suffragist of 1913. Women’s rights advocates scanning the society page of the Atlanta Constitution on the morning of 4 June had a bevy of personas to peruse. There was the “Woman Shopper” gliding through a downy Eden of department stores: “Your presence, your influence and the wholesome atmosphere that pervades when you visit the store is an inspiration which tends to raise the standard of service.” There was an etiquette knot for the columnists to unsnarl, “The Summer Girl’s Problem,” posed by a bold headline asking, “Shall Mary Jane Let George Join Her When She Read more