New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1910. 1st Edition. v, [1 (blank)], 200,, [4 (blank)] pp. Index at rear. 7-3/8" x 5". Bound in a presumed bespoke maroon half-leather binding, red cloth boards, red patterned paper eps, by Stikeman & Co. Modest extremity wear, a VG+ copy. Item #49515
Dock was a nurse, suffragist, author, pioneer in nursing education and social activist. She was one of the founders of what become the National League for Nursing. She was a contributing editor to the American Journal of Nursing and author of several books, including a four-volume history of nursing (with M. Adelaide Nutting as co- author) and Materia Medica for Nurses, the nurse's standard manual of drugs for many years. Dock was a great proponent of gender equality and most notably women's suffrage throughout her life. In 1896, Dock moved to the Henry Street Settlement in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and joined the Women's Trade Union League (WTUL). She participated in the New York shirtwaist strike of 1909 in support of the employees who walked off, most of which were women. In 1907, she joined the Equality League of Self Supporting Women and involved herself with the NY Women's Trade Union.
Dock moved to Washington, D.C. in 1917 and joined the advisory council of the National Woman's Party. Dock campaigned for women's suffrage by leading several protests, including pickets at the White House. In 1912, she walked in the suffrage hike from New York City to Albany. She was arrested after militant demonstrations in June 1917, August 1917 and August 1918.She participated in protest movements for women's rights that resulted in the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. Her public health and gender equality work intersected in her support for the treatment of venereal disease, which she addresses in this volume. Divided into 3 parts, they include: "The Venereal Diseases", "Prostitution" & "Prevention".
Mackay, too, was a suffragist and writer. She lived in the well-off enclave of Roslynn, NY on Long Island where she was the first woman to serve on the local school board, a remarkable position for a woman at the time. In 1908, she founded the Equal Franchise Society, a suffragist organization, which by dint of her leadership made it fashionable for women of privilege to get involved. Her public profile suffered when around 1913 it was alleged she had an affair with her husband’s physician. Divorce ensued, Mackay shortly married the doctor and moved to Paris from where she continued to finance the suffragist movement, returning to New York in 1919. We conjecture there may be, though haven't located, a record that Mackay and Dock knew each other: certainly they would know OF each other.
Delehanty was an artist and illustrator, and a noted designer of bookplates, posters, and toy theatres. After a vital artistic career based in New York City - which included designing bookplates for clientele of the likes of Mackay - Delehanty gave it all up and in 1947 founded the Abbey of Regina Laudis, the first American monastery for cloistered Benedictine nuns, on property she owned in Bethlehem, Connecticut. The Abby is ongoing, and was the basis for the 1949 movie “Come to the Stable”, written by Clare Booth Luce and starring Loretta Young and Celeste Holm. Elsa Lanchester played the artistic, religious landowner character "Amelia Potts" based partly on Delehanty.
So then, here offered a volume that juxtaposes these 3 influential early 20th C. Women.