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'"heed of the "say:so" oftheeed
of driving a bargain with her enij
And abdut those "short wages'
Six dollars a week is the average.
.There are oOOtyOOO women work
ers in this ''country. .Mmd'you,
the $6 is the average wage. t fi's
the few well-paid workers that
brings the average up that high.
Horethan 3,000,000 'women
.workers in this, the'richest cojra
'try in the world, receive less than
6 a week for their labor !
This $6 or less is not a fair
wage. It is not an American
wage. It IS a starvation wage.
And people are coming to realize
that a girl cannot clothe and feed
ierself properly on such pay.
So, for this reason, as well as
ifor the say-so, women must or
ganize. Woman's labor is worth,
5n her lines, as much as man's is
En his lines, and must be paid for
)at a corresponding rate. And the
women's labor union is the one
ftneans for securing such pay.
"The long day" is another
thing that women have got to
ifight. Getting legislation is slow
"work. The women are going to
jorganize and cut down the long
In many factories girls work, in
rush season, twelve to fifteen
.hours a day. As one-pirl worker
Bays : "This isn't work it's just
serving a life sentence, with no
jtime off for good behavior !"
So the women are going to
fight for their rights for the
light to be treated as human be
ings instead of as machines. Of
course, it will he a desperate
fight: for the employer as soon as
his "rights" are infringed upon
will ask: "Can't I do as I like
with my own business?" r
And the organized working X
women will answers
Not just exactly,, Mr. Employ
er. Because, you see, it OUR i
business, too. You have put in
your money that's -YOUR capi
tal. We gut in our strength and
skill that's OUR capital. And
we both put in a common factor
our BRAINS. And can't you
see, Mr. Employer, that our
brains demand some "sayso" in
this business in which we are. as
much employed as you?"
And the 6,000,000 women work
ers of the United States will stick
to their .guns until they get a real,
acceptance of their answer-r-until
they are allowed a say-so m the
conducting, of their own lines
which they sell, but do not give. V
away to their employers.
A RASH PROMISE. ' '
Mrs. Nagger You promised
to love me as long as I lived,
Mr. Nagger ButTiow was I to
know that you would hang on
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