"WOMEN BEING THE HOMEKEEPERS, AND THE NATURAL GUARDIANS OF THE CHILDREN, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THEY BE MADE FAMILIAR WITH THE CULINARY ART": FIRST EDITION OF THE SUFFRAGE COOK BOOK, 1915
KLEBER, Mrs. L.O., compiler. The Suffrage Cook Book. Pittsburgh: Equal Franchise Federation of Western Pennsylvania, 1915. Octavo, original pictorial blue cloth.
First edition of this important fundraising cookbook meant to support women's suffrage, featuring dozens of recipes such as suffrage pie and suffrage angel cake, with 36 halftone portraits of contributors including Jane Addams, Jack London, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and many other prominent suffragettes and allies, in original pictorial cloth.
"First published in 1915 by The Equal Franchise Federation Of Western Pennsylvania, with a cover showing Uncle Sam weighing men and women on his scales, The Suffrage Cook Book was assembled by a Mrs. L.O. Kleber… Kleber, a little-known member of the Pittsburgh suffrage society, contacted dozens of the leading women and men who supported the suffrage movement in the UK and US, asking for contributions in order to raise money to support the women’s vote campaign. Along with Gilman, who wrote the classic novella The Yellow Wallpaper, and The Call of the Wild author [Jack] London, contributors also include the suffragette Lady Constance Lytton; Jane Addams, the second woman to win a Nobel peace prize; and Julia Lathrop, the first woman to head a federal department, the US Children’s Bureau" (Guardian). "Published in Pittsburgh, this cookbook presents a chorus of local suffragettes who proudly deployed their prowess in the kitchen to the suffrage movement. Of the 57 total contributing authoresses, 30 hailed from Western Pennsylvania. Beyond a wealth of recipes, The Suffrage Cook Book was also compiled to serve as an organ for the suffragettes’ belief in equal rights for women. Strategically interspersed between recipes were political vignettes written in support of the suffrage movement" (Detre Library & Archives). "During the American woman suffrage movement, opponents described suffragists as abnormal, unsexed, non-mothers who desired to leave the home and family en masse, levying 'war against the very foundation of society.' This charge ultimately compelled suffragists around the nation to respond… [they] capitalized on movements for home economics, municipal housekeeping, and pure food to argue for the compatibility of politics and womanhood" (Derleth, Kneading Politics). Owner stamp of the Suffrage Service Hut, Pittsburgh. The Suffrage Service Hut was a USO-type enterprise for soldiers toward the end of World War I providing entertainment and other services for soldiers.
Interior generally quite nice, faintest rubbing and soiling to cloth. A near-fine copy.