tut you revere the memory of the revolutionary forefathers who dumped
tea into Boston harbor and drove English rule' forever from these shores.
Yet those suffragettes believe they are fighting for the same principle that
any people ever fought for who fought to be free.
Men fight because they don't want other men to be their masters.
Women fight, too, because they don't want men to be iheir masters.
In nearly all the trades women are now working and earning their own
living. They are no longer pretty dolls in a man's doll-house, having babies
and cooking a man's meals.
For an industrial system has developed that is making it harder every
day for a young man to marry, to have babies, to raise and educate them
and develop them to their highest and best And the girls go out to the
shops and factories to help support the family.
So man himself, by his industrial and commercial exploitation of
woman, is forcing her to fight for the right to protect ierself , to emancipate
herself, to be free, to control her own destiny, to make her own way in the
If you understand the meaning of this uprising of women you will see
more significance in the newspaper stories you read, and by putting two and
two together will make four.
It affects every relation in life and the future of the human race. In it
those who have worried about the diminishing influence of the churches
will find some meaning. I thought I saw some significance recently when
some women in Illinois took a stand for laws that will divorce easier, and
found themselvesjnainly opposed by men. The men wanted to tighten the
bonds, the women wanted to loosen them; and the women made arguments
openly and boldly that few women would have- dared make only a few
It means that every day more women are doing their own thinking
OUT LOUD. I imagine that many women have thought thoughts they were
afraid to think out loud. They have wondered in a vague way why their
will should be subordinate to the wills of their husbands. They have secretly
tebelled, and kept quiet; but they kept on thinking.
Ij Of course, it was man who put the obey in the wedding obligation; .and
t it was man who convinced woman that it was her duty to obey. And it ,
was man who made laws to make her obey, to keep her in subjection, to.
prevent her owning anything even her own baby.
But aU along changes were going on. These changes were in the
minds of women and then in the minds of men; and with these changes
came changes in social customs and laws all the time woman working
toward equality in rights with man.
I am trying to help YOU to see the meaning of things when you read of
human happenings, to see the cause when looking at the effect. There will
be differences of opinion, of course. YOU may have one opinion and I an
other. You may be right and I wrong, but if both of us try to understand
clearly we'll have the same opinion finally,lfor we will find out which opinion
We may think the women of England are not going about it in t&e
right way, and that the suffragists of our country are saner and more or
derly than the suffragettes of England, but it may be that they have a dif
ferent kind of man to deal with, and hence have to fight him with different
I believe the men of our country have been more sympathetic toward
soman's demand for political equality, and hence it was possible for our
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