NJ Scrap Book of Women Writer's

& Women’s Periodical Writing at the 1893 World’s Fair

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NJ Scrap Book of Women Writers

  • Submitted for Women's Library at the the World's Fair
  • Consists of all periodical writing that was published in "some magazine or newspaper" (Yardley)

Crane & Alves

"[Women] employ the periodical…in three ways, for social and political advocacy, for the critique of gender roles and social expectations and for refashioning the periodical as a more inclusive genre that b­­­­oth articulates and obscures such distinctions as class, race and gender"

Social and Political Advocacy

“Temperance…has been one of the most efficient agencies in the advancement of women[1]” . Mrs. M.G Baldwin writes a story about the evils of temperance[2]. “See the work being done by temperance workers….America has the most wonderful women on Earth[3]”, “wonderful are her powers of organization witness the Women’s Christian Temperance Union”[4]. Miss Belle H Mooney writes an entire article in support of “the temperance issue”[5].


[1] Yardley, New Jersey Scrap Book Vol 2, , 138.

[2] Ibid, 38.

[3] Yardley, New Jersey Scrapbook Volume 2, 99.

[4] Ibid, 266.

[5] Ibid, 130.

Critique of Gender Roles

There was a young woman who knew Greek, Latin, perhaps Sanscrit, too;

But in making of pies she was not very wise,

And baking she never could do.


She could construe, could parse, and could phrase,

She had studied the stars in their maze;

But to know if a chicken for broiling was "fittin' "— That subject to her seemed a haze.


At length this young woman did wed

A youth whom we will call Ned;

She loved him, 'tis true, but what could love do

Towards keeping him even well fed?


If you think I'm going to tell

All the scrapes which this maiden befell,

You will find you are wrong, for that's not my song,

As she got along tolerably well.


For she did the most sensible thing—

She caught her fine thoughts on the wing,

And set them to work, without letting them shirk,

On the duties that dinners will bring.


And so, before very long, Ned

Was the happiest Benedict wed;

For his wife was so bright,

and her muffins were light,

Her coffee was good and her bread.


Mistakes she did make the first week—

For perfection on earth who would seek?

For I'm sure we'd make more, by a dozen or score,

If you and I tackled her Greek.


[1] Yardley, comp. New Jersey Scrap book (Volume 1), 2.

Inclusive Genre

  • poems by “colored” Hetty Saunders[1].
  • An article describes “the first experience of a young teacher” who’s “property” consists of “nothing”.[2]




[1] Yardley, New Jersey Scrap Book (Volume 2), 296. / [2] Ibid, 257.