"SOCIALISM HOLDS OUT ITS GREATEST PROMISE TO WOMEN": SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF LILIENTHAL'S WOMEN OF THE FUTURE
LILIENTHAL, Meta Stern. Women of the Future. New York: Rand School of Social Science, (1916). Slim octavo, staple-bound as issued, original printed tan paper wrappers; pp. 31. $325.
First edition of this political pamphlet encouraging women to embrace and spread the gospel of Socialism.
Born into a Socialist German-American family in New York toward the end of the 19th century, Meta Stern Lilienthal was expected to cultivate an upwardly mobile life of scholarship underpinned by Socialist philosophy. Instead, Lilienthal dropped out of Barnard and got married. However, after her children were old enough that Lilienthal could dispense with constant caretaking, she turned again to the Socialism and began a career writing for Socialist publications, nearly always from a feminist, pro-suffrage perspective. Women of the Future is one of her most powerful pamphlets, one of two she published through the Rand School of Social Science. The pamphlet argues passionately for the necessity of Socialism and the wealth of opportunities it could offer to women, from love without economic considerations to increasing the social value of motherhood to providing self-fulfillment.
A bit of soiling to first half of text, slight soiling to wrappers, tiny bump to rear corner. An extremely good copy. Scarce.