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Annie Nathan Meyer

  • ... I wonder why it is that newspaper reporters always go into the details of a woman's dress, whether at a suffrage caucus or a prayer meeting? Just fancy the papers containing an account of a costume worn by the Hon. Grover Cleveland when he delivers an address on some auspicious occasion. Fancy having the mind distracted by the color of his necktie or the check of his trousers. And yet, let his wife show herself for a moment and her dress is pounced upon, every detail is seized and we are regaled the following day by a wonderful description of the — upon each occasion — handsomest and most tasteful costume she has yet worn.

  • The new womanhood is a development, an enriching of the old womanhood — not, in any sense, a narrowing down, nor a dwarfing of our noblest conceptions. It means growth in every direction.

Annie Nathan Meyer, U.S. writer, supporter of higher education for women

(1867 - 1951)