Sara Willis, popularly known as Fanny Fern, was an American humorist, newspaper columnist, children book author and novelist. She went on to become one of the most renowned female authors during that period. She wrote for the publication ‘New York Ledger’ and due to her immense popularity, she also became the highest paid columnist in America. In 1855, Fern was paid a then mind boggling salary of $100 per week and her style particularly appealed the thriving ladies in America at that time. Other than being a noted columnist, Fern was also a highly successful author and one of her most important books is ‘Ruth Hall’, published in 1854, that is regarded as a cornerstone of feminist literature. Fern also became quite famous as a writer of children’s books and some of the noted ones include ‘The New Story Book for Children’, ‘Little Ferns for Fanny’s Little Friends’ and ‘The Play-Day Book’. Fern wrote about a wide range of subjects throughout her career. Feminist themes were particularly close to her heart and her writings expressed her views and thoughts on the same. Read through the quotes and thoughts by Fanny Fern which have been excerpted from her columns, books, essays and public utterances.
What a pity when editors review a woman's book, that they so often fall into the error of reviewing the woman instead.
Can anybody tell me why reporters, in making mention of lady speakers, always consider it to be necessary to report, fully and firstly, the dresses worn by them? When John Jones or Senator Rouser frees his mind in public, we are left in painful ignorance of the color and fit of his pants, coat, necktie and vest - and worse still, the shape of his boots. This seems to me a great omission.
I want a human sermon. I don't care what Melchisedek, or Zerubbabel, or Kerenhappuk did, ages ago; I want to know what I am to do, and I want somebody besides a theological bookworm to tell me; somebody who is sometimes tempted and tried, and is not too dignified to own it; somebody like me, who is always sinning and repenting; somebody who is glad and sorry, and cries and laughs, and eats and drinks, and wants to fight when they are trodden on, and don't!
Few husbands (and the longer I observe, the more I am convinced of the truth of what I am about to say, and I make no exception in favor of education or station) have the magnanimity to use justly, generously, the power which the law puts in their hands.