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Woman is nature's supreme instrument of the future. NEARING. Presenting LEILA M. BLOMFIELD Writer, Lecturer, Student in her inspiring and constructive work WOMAN and RACIAL PROGRESS Figure Only an enlightened, free, and inspired womanhood can produce a race of men and women fitted for the creation of a closer union between the sexes, with its greater happiness and growth for mankind. LEILA M. BLOMFIELD. Across the burning sands of woman's unrest, shine the blue waters of a new ideal—men and women dwelling together hand in hand—equal lovers—fellow workers and comrades. OLIVE SCHREINER. LEILA M. BLOMFIELD Writer, Lecturer, Student FOR fourteen years Leila M. Blomfield has been speaking from the platforms of America, Canada and New Zealand. For eight successive seasons she lectured under the management of the Ellison-White Chautauqua System, covering practically all of the circuits, including the big Sevens. Hundreds of women's clubs have heard her. Business men's luncheon clubs, lodges, and schools, have all expressed their great appreciation of her work. Realizing that only an enlightened, free, and inspired womanhood can produce a race of men and women fitted for the creation of greater happiness and growth, and a closer union between man and woman, she is devoting her ability as a writer and lecturer to this vital work. She is carrying her inspiring message throughout the country, gathering recruits for the mighty army whose battlecry is A Greater Womanhood: A Greater, Happier Race. Rapidly the pictures of woman's life on earth are presented from a glimpse of the savage mother wandering freely by man's side, through the several stages of growing dependence into the modern age, where Science, Invention, Machinery, and the Educational System conspire to take from her the work that once was hers, until today we see her—the great undirected power for human progress, vaguely groping toward the future, where, freed from centuries of toiling servitude and deadly parasitism, she stands beside man in control of the government of modern life. And through the future ages of toil and labor, they shall together raise about them an Eden, made beautiful by their fellowship—wherein dwells love—the love of co-workers and comrades. This vital fact remains forever, that each generation of the race passes through the body of its womanhood, reappearing with the indelible marks of that mold upon it… the capacity of woman forms an untranscendable circle determining with each generation the limits of the expansion of the human race. It is the woman who is the final standard of the race. From this there can be no departure. As her brain weakens, weakens the man's—as she decays—decays the people. To reach in especial the thinking women of today, and to urge upon them a new sense, not only of their social responsibility as individuals, but of their measureless racial importance as—makers of men. CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN. The parasitism of its child-bearing women must lead inevitably to the enervation and degeneration of the race. OLIVE SCHREINER. Press Endorsements CANADA HANNA, ALBERTA, HERALD. On Friday night Leila M. Blomfield delivered a most impressive and interesting lecture on Woman and Racial Progress. Sincerity was breathed into every word she uttered, and she won the hearts of all who heard her. Mrs. Blomfield's address was an education administered in the most interesting form. THE CALGARY CANADIAN. Mrs. Blomfield spoke with a force and power that charmed her hearers and won loud and prolonged applause in appreciation of her lecture. BRANDON, MANITOBA—BRANDON DAILY SUN. Leila M. Blomfield gave a splendid address and held her hearers enthralled as she dealt vividly with her subject which is vital to us all. NELSON, BRITISH COLUMBIA—NELSON NEWS. Packed to full capacity, the main auditorium of the Opera House seemed to give Canada's reply when prolonged and earnest applause came from every part of the building. Mrs. Blomfield held the rapt attention of her audience for over two hours by her instructive and interesting lecture. SWIFT CURRENT, SASK.—HERALD. One of the most delightful lectures at this season's Chautauqua was that of Leila M. Blomfield, authoress and lecturer. She spoke in sincere and charming manner on a subject that held us with deepest interest. CALIFORNIA EUREKA, CALIFORNIA—HUMBOLDT TIMES. On Friday evening Leila M. Blomfield delivered a thoroughly complete lecture to a highly appreciative audience. The evening was a big success and marks the end of a perfect Chautauqua season. Clubs and Schools ALAMEDA CITY SCHOOLS, CALIFORNIA. The lecture given by Leila M. Blomfield on Friday evening, February 23, was a most delightful experience. In this lecture we were held by a woman of fine personality, using a well-modulated voice, giving us a constructive and interesting work in a manner seldom excelled. LAUREL HALL CLUB, SAN FRANCISCO. I want to tell you that I have been told again and again by the members of the great success of the afternoon. The lecture is timely and most interesting and one and all have assured me of their deep appreciation of your subject and its presentation. CHRISTINE HART, Pres. Laurel Hall Club. SAN PEDRO WOMAN'S CLUB, SAN PEDRO. This club considers your lecture most interesting, instructive and impressive. M. E. CAMPBELL, Pres. THE OAKLAND ADVERTISING CLUB 232–234 BLAKE BLOCK, 1121 WASHINGTON STREET OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA TELEPHONE LAKESIDE 5471 CHARLES H. CHACE Secretary-Manager May 4, 1922. MRS. LEIEA M. BLOMFIELD, 449 44th Street, OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA. DEAR MRS. BLOMFIELD, The Oakland Advertising Club wishes to express its gratitude for your very inspiring lecture which you delivered to us yester-day, during our luncheon hour. The subject chosen was especially interesting and the forceful manner in which it was presented made every member realize the significance of your topic. One of our prominent members said, after hearing your lecture, that even if your subject had not been so well chosen, your charming personality would have put it across. We thank you most heartily and hope that we may have the pleasure of hearing you again. Very cordially yours, OAKLAND ADVERTISING CLUB. Ethel C. Lee, Assist. Secretary. EL—M LONGFELLOW SCHOOL 39TH AND MARKET STREETS OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA June 12, 1922. MRS. L. M. BLOMFIELD, Oakland, California, DEAR MRS. BLOMFIELD, I want you to know how much we appreciate your lecture. It is certainly of high educational value and exceedingly entertaining. The teachers were delighted. I feel certain that principals of the Oakland Schools will be glad to have you give the lecture in their respective schools. Longfellow School considers it a privilege to have heard your lecture. Thanking you for the courtesy in this matter, I am Yours truly, W. E. MOORE, Principal. WEM—C EBELL CLUB, LOS ANGELES. The lecture you delivered at this club on May 20 was so replete with human interest, showed us so plainly the vital importance of your subject, that we feel you should know the feeling of the club on your work. Neither is the woman without the man nor the man without the woman—the completed human intelligence. Proem IN THE dark and early ages, through the primal forests faring, Ere the soul came shining into prehistoric night, Twofold man was equal; they were comrades dear and daring, Living wild and free together in unreasoning delight. Ere the soul was born and consciousness came slowly, Ere the soul was born, to man and woman too, Ere he found the Tree of Knowledge, that awful tree and holy, Ere he knew he felt, and knew he knew. Then said he to Pain, I am wise now, and I know you! No more will I suffer while power and wisdom last. Then said he to Pleasure, I am strong, and I shall show you That the will of man can seize you, aye and hold you fast. Food he ate for pleasure and wine he drank for gladness. And the woman? Ah, the woman! the crown of all delight! His now, he knew it he was strong to madness In that early dawning after prehistoric night. His, his forever! That glory sweet and tender! Ah, but he would love her! And she should love but him! He would work and struggle for her, he would shelter and defend her She should never leave him, never, till their eyes in death were dim. Close, close he bound her, that she should leave him never; Weak still he kept her, lest she be strong to flee; And the fainting flame of passion he kept alive forever With all the arts and forces of earth and sky and sea. And, ah, the long journey! The slow and awful ages They have labored up together, blind and crippled, all astray! Through what a mighty volume, with a million shameful pages, From the freedom of the forests to the prisons of today! Food he ate for pleasure, and it slew him with diseases! Wine he drank for gladness, and it led the way to crime! And woman? He will hold her,—he will have her when he pleases,— And he never once hath seen her since the prehistoric time! Gone the friend and comrade of the day when life was younger, She who rests and comforts, she who helps and saves. Still he seeks her madly, with a never-dying hunger; Alone beneath his tyrants, alone above his slaves! Toiler, bent and weary with the load of thine own making! Thou who art sad and lonely, though lonely all in vain! Who hast sought to conquer pleasure and have her for the taking, And found that pleasure only was another name for pain. Nature hath reclaimed thee, forgiving dispossession! God hath not forgotten, though man doth still forget! The woman soul is rising, in spite of thy transgression Loose her now, and trust her! She will love thee yet! Love thee? She will love thee as only freedom knoweth! Love thee? She will love thee while Love itself doth live! Fear not the heart of woman! No bitterness it showeth! The ages of her sorrow have but taught her to forgive!! CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN. And she threw from her gladly the mantle of ancient opinions she wore and took from her feet the shoes of Dependence. OLIVE SCHREINER.
|Title||Leila M. Blomfield|
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|Personal Name Subject||Blomfield, Leila M.|
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