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THE REASON FOR THE DESPERATE FIGHT
AGAINST A MINIMUM WAGE FOR WOMEN
. By N. D. Cochran, Editor of The Day Book.
Henry Siegel, millionaire merchant prince, head of -the New York de
partment store bearing his name, and founder of Siegel-Cooper, Chicago,
now comes to bat and says a minimum wage would drive women out of
business, "because a man at $12 is worth more than a woman at $7 or $9."
"Women would be driven from 'business," says this merchant prince,
"and men would take their places. When such a law is enacted more
women will be upon the streets of our cities than ever before in the history
of this country." '
In making that statement Siegel labors under one delusion, and that
is that men are going to take women's places and women's work at $12
We might as well be frank about the entire matter. Nobody who ad
vocates a minimum wage, for women has any intention of stopping with
that, and permitting the money-mad merchant princes to keep upcom
petition between men and women.
It is just as absurd to have men as to have women working for low
wages. A woman is entitled to a wage that will enable her to live decently
A man is entitled to a wage that will enable him tp get married, and
to raise and educate children."
And Siegel and every other employer knows that establishing a mini
mum wage for women will be followed up with, a fight to do the same thing
for men. And that's why they will fight so fiercely against.a minimum wage
Wages in all industries where employes -are not .permitted to protect
themselves by organization, are too low now. Poverty, and hence disease,
vice and'crifne, result from men'trying to raise families on a wage too small
to provide for them.
Capital by holding down the wages of fathers, forces women and chil
dren into the industrial field as workers. .
And when the daughters have to go to work to support themselves and
help support the family, it simply means that greedy employers are making
the whole family work for the wages the father himself ought to get.
And when Siegel and other slave drivers like him say "The employer
is not responsible for the morality of his employes" he is merely a modern
Cairi denying that he is his brother's keeper.
The plain truth is that there are hundreds of thousands of men and
women in this countrytoday, 'who are worse off so far as food, clothing and
shelter are concerned, than the negroes of the South were in the days of
black slavery. . .
The slaves were property, hence they were well fed, had clothes enough
to -cover their nakednessand'a place to sleep.
They were as kindly treated inthat respect as the employers of today
HAVEN'T YOU NOTICED WHAT SLEEK,-' WELL-FED, WELL:
GROOMED HORSES PULL THE WAGONS OF ALL OF THE BIG EM
Yes, these horses are well .fed, well sheltered anil well groomed;, "'For,