If you chance to find an authoress occupied with her needle, express no astonishment, and refrain from exclaiming, “What! can you sew?” or, “I never supposed a literary lady could even hem a handkerchief!” This is false, and if expressed in words, an insulting idea. A large number of literary females are excellent needle-women, and good housewives; and there is no reason why they should not be. ~ From Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book: A Guide and Manual for Ladies, written in 1839 by Eliza Leslie

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