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Her training has not been along business -lines. She has- not teen a
mere money maker. And politics will be all the better for that. I don't
mean that the men lack good intentions, but they are -victims of a strenuous
industrial and commercial system which doesn't give the average father
time to pay much intelligent attention to the training of his qwn sons.
Besides, I believe that woman's participation in politics will make for
abetter democracy. Class distinctions have been sharper between women
than among men. In fact, men in widely different financial classes have
fraternized and met together on common ground, when their wives would
not meet at all because they belonged to different social sets.
Both business and politics have a democratic influence, and when
women get into the political game there will be a crossing of social barriers
that will gradually break them down. The real women of the mansions
will come in personal contact with the real women of the homes of working
.men, and they will find that they are both human, and that whatever the .
.difference in gowns the same human instincts, hopes, fears, and aspirations
animate the hearts inside.
There will be drones among the women as there are drones among the
men, of course. There will be good citizens, public-spirited citizens, among
the women as among the men. There will be leaders and there will be fol
lowers. There will be glory-seekers, there will be hypocrites, but there will
tie, also, noble, self-sacrificing patriots, soldiers of the common good. . .
That is, we will find all kinds of people among the women as among
the men. But I believe woman in the mass will have higher ideals and
purer political motives than men have as a class.
And I do believe women will see a different meaning in what makes a
city great than what men see. I think they wfll be less interested in steel
skyscrapers than in well-built, healthy and happy boys and girls; less inter
ested in property than in humanity. -
I have more hope of women making the schoolhouse" the real social
center than I have of the men doing that "Very desirable thing. I think
women will pay more heed to the report of the Chicago Vice Commission
thft" the men have paid to it. And I think they will deal with the social evil
and with vice and crime with less hypocrisy and prudery and false modesty
than liave characterized the conduct of men toward vital social problems.
And I do not believe that women generally will permit themselves to be
tagged and labelled by party leaders with party tags and labels, because I
believe women more than men resent any form of slavery and blind par
tisanship is an odious form of slavery.
For these and many other reasons I am glad that women are being
put on equality politically with men. And I am glad it is starting In the
cities of Illinois, where the mother influence is most needed.
And when I refer to the mother influence I don't confine it to women
who are mothers of children of their own, because the mother influence is
found in all women even in little girls. They show it when they love their
dolls and care for them with a mother love.
I think it is the loving, sympathetic mother influence that prompts
brave women to fight for the emancipation of working girls from wage
slavery, and to throw about all homeless, defenseless sirls theh protect
I believe the hope of all working girls and women 'lies in tne motner
feeling in other .women; and that men as well as women need this sentiment
In politics and business In order to bring about a social system where justice