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Southern Ladies and SuffragistsJulia Ward Howe and Women's Rights at the 1884 New Orleans World's Fair$
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Miki Pfeffer

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628461343

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628461343.001.0001

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Work, the New Gospel of Womanhood

Work, the New Gospel of Womanhood

(p.96) Nine Work, the New Gospel of Womanhood
Southern Ladies and Suffragists

Miki Pfeffer

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter describes how Julia Ward Howe became a dedicated soldier for the good of the Woman's Department and the entire Exposition. Almost immediately, while women busily arranged exhibits, Howe began to give speeches as their representative at special events all over the fairgrounds. She was also a willing and popular lecturer around town. She made numerous extemporaneous and formal comments during her stay and raised money for several local charities. Her favorite subject was the work of her beloved New England Woman's Club, where she had first found the comradeship of women. It was a topic women wanted to hear, and Howe drew large audiences. Howe also began to preach that work was “the new gospel of womanhood,” and she employed the lexicon of motherhood to persuade women that they need not usurp men's role or reject gender responsibilities when they shifted from a domestic domain to a professional, industrial, or scholastic one.

Keywords:   Julia Ward Howe, Woman's Department, World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition, New Orleans, working women, motherhood

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