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Smithsonian Libraries Gov Docs/Exhibit: The Making of a Homemaker Sustaining a home and healthy family was a full time job for middle class women in late nineteenth century America. To almost all, a comprehensive domestic guidebook could be indispensable. These books were primarily aimed at the middle and upper class female, who saw keeping a healthy and happy home her role in life. Not only did they detail the day-to-day activities of a homemaker, but also prescribed the appropriate moral…

Happy Women's History Month! This patent model was submitted by a female inventor in 1879. This was her first patented invention, inspired by her work at a Springfield, Massachusetts paper company. Can you guess what it did? Here are a few clues: • The machine made something still in use today, often when grocery shopping. • The machine could fold paper. • The item it produced was helpfully flat on the bottom. Click through for the answer. #WomensHistory

Celia Cruz, full-length portrait, facing front, on stage. Photograph. [1962]. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

"Tessa Kelso: Sinful City Librarian" Banned Books Week offers the opportunity to introduce one of the most colorful librarians in city history and her battle with the moralistic mugwumps of fin de siecle Los Angeles.

Claude-Joseph-Désiré Charnay (1828–1915). Ruines du Mexique et types mexicains (Ruins of Mexico and types of Mexicans), 1862–1863. Albumen prints. Jay I. Kislak Collection, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress.

(Page 1) In this December 11, 1917, memorial to U.S. House of Representatives member Charles E. Fuller, Alice H. Wadsworth, President of the National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage, argued against the proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote. Nonetheless, the 19th Amendment was ratified on August 26, 1920.

Blog post: "The Magic Moment" by Caitlin Rizzo, October 18, 2012. Photograph: Gwendolyn Brooks, the 29th Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress. Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress.

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(Page 3) In this December 11, 1917, memorial to U.S. House of Representatives member Charles E. Fuller, Alice H. Wadsworth, President of the National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage, argued against the proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote. Nonetheless, the 19th Amendment was ratified on August 26, 1920.