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For skilled cataloging, work that takes intelligence and the best education attainable, the demand is always above the supply. In the library of the future, the free library, the greatest missionary force of the age, there is going to be a great opening for women’s work, too.

I don’t mean by the ideal free library a big central book collection in this city or any city, but smaller ones, so scattered as to bring the reading-room within half a mile of every workman’s home.

–“Facts for the Fair Sex, Some Things that Women Can Do Better Than Men”, Chicago Tribune, May 1887

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