"Silly, vacant women are, it is true, sometimes preferred by men, and obtain their affections; but what a fearful charge it is for a woman to have a man’s heart given her."

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An essay on the phases of a woman's life in the mid-nineteenth centry - education, place in the family, work inside and outside the home.

The Nursery
Womankind contains three chapters on childhood, one called Nursery Training. She also addresses how children were looked after in the nursery. In some cases they slept in the room where the maids ate their supper and did the sewing. Yonge describes such an arrangement in her own childhood in the 1820s.

What did they think at the time?

Follow this link to see a facsimile of the The Galaxy's review of Womankind in its Current Literature section.
(Click on page 857 for Womankind)

The Galaxy, Volume 24, Issue 6, December 1877 pp. 857-858 – Cornell University Library.

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