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GIVE WOMEN A SQUARE DEAL '
The Day Book has been paying little pj" no attention to politics.
We can't make head or fail of it except a scra'mble of a Jot of men fo,r
office and power, to use for their owndyintage rathef tnan for tHe.
public good, ""'. "
There will be one vote on; April 9, however, that is worth tthink
ing about. And that is a vote which'means an. expression of opinion
of the men voters of Chicago on whethej oV not they favor granting
to women the same pplitical rights ttial'men have.
If we thought taking a hand in, polftic .would makewomen
any less womanly, or less sweet and pure -anc$;g8ipd, we would not
favor giving them the right to vpte. But'wedqnjfcth.ink anything
of the kind. t , 4&vl .
Womenly women will continue tob&wpnianJvn politics, pr
anywhere else they go. ks &" '
But we do think politics as conducted WKemen is rotten.
We do think that male politicians are notigivmjg!nierican peo
ple real-representative government; Alidnves-O 'think that what
ever influencewojn,enhave on politics and Pexnm6nt J" be, for
good, just as their influence in general is for goM wherever it is jtelt.
There was a time when w'oman was considered man's slave, and
man treated her as if sheiad been created merely for his pleasure
jand convenience. But that time has' gone, ;alongxwfth other fodl
fiotions about lords and masters. 3-J& '.
" Industrial conditions have forced -Women, even from girlhood,
into the shops, stores, mills and factories. As the rich grew richer
ahd'the poor poorer, women have had to .dp anyever increasing share
of .the world's work to make both ends meet for the family v ' ,
. Men have had to work, so hard thatthe responsibility of mothers
Tn raising boys and girls has' increased; and'- if ""we can trusl fg
mothers the development of the boys who will Ue'the meh-of to- ,
morrow, certainly we can trust them to ftaera-voice in the making
yjpi political conditions under which they musteiive. l
c There are those who think that the wvesand daughters pf the
rich take up woman'-s suffrage as a fad. , Ik matfes no difference
whether that be true or not It is a fac$fleref-theless that they take
a keener and kindlier interest in social conditions than do their hus
bands and fathers, who are money ni&d, arid don't $eem to care fiow '
much the great majority-suffer so long as the few get the money.
When a man considers equal political rigjits fPr wonen, it isn't
safe to 'accept the judgment of politicians iwhp make their living
out of politics. Let each'man consider his Wa mother, or his own