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But I could not help them without playing false to the labor movement.
Our sisters of the suffrage movement who worked so splendidly for us,
BECAUSE WE ARE WOMEN failed to understand the struggle we must
make BECAUSE WE ARE WORKERS.
The women of the labor movement did not take part in editing or sell
ing the paper. As a consequence there were very few zealous workers.
Many of the brightest women of Chicago were conspicuous by their
absence. There were no contributions from Mary McDowell, Margaret
Haley, Mrs. Raymond Robins, nor other members of the Women's Trade
Union League. The women who sold
the Daily Socialist for the garment
workers and conducted the tag-day
during the newspaper lockout were
not working yesterday.
They were needed and moreover
they were willing to work for suf
frage, BUT NOT FOR HEARST.
Labor organizations have repeat
edly declared that Hearst is unfair.
He is considered the worst of ene
mies, the one who speaks as a friend
while striking a blow.
Hearst's action in putting the reg
ular morning edition, with news, tele
graph service and features, on the
stands in competition with the suf
frage edition is characteristic of
Hearst procedure. The women were
given no benefit of the morning cir
culation. The men who bought the
morning edition chose the penny
paper with the news.
Readers of the Examiner are not
the kind Of men who care for suf
frage. All who bought the suffrage
edition .did so because they wished
to help the cause. They would have
bought a tag or a leaflet.
The Examiner took advantage of
the inexperience of the suffragists in
the newspaper field. Hearst has
scored one on the suffragists.
They will learn that a man who
will not play fair with labor will not
play fair with them.
The women of the Illinois Suffrage
Association will learn more than this,
they will leam the value of the work
ing women to the suffrage movement.
Working women are better organ
ized, more zealous, more disinterest
ed than any other class of voters.
The economic and social status of all
women depend upon the economic
and social status of those who work.
The passing interest of Hearst or
any other demagogue is of little value
to women compared to the value of
unity and co-operation in their own
Following are authorized state
ments by some of the women who
did not help to sell the suffrage "edi
tion of the Examiner:
The Women's Trade Union League
of Chicago was not able to help with
the. suffrage edition of the Chicago
Examiner either as contributors or
sellers because of the attitude taken
by the Examiner toward organized
labor. Alice Henry,
Editor of Life and Labor.
Heartily sympathizing in the cause
of suffrage with the women who
worked so hard to secure the ballot
for the women of Illinois, I greatly '
regret that this time they appear to
be allies of the enemy of organized
labor in Chicago.
The Socialist party is the political
expression of the organized working
class. As an official of that party I
must stand with organized labor as
against organized capital.
The fact that the Chicago Federa
tion of Labor, smarting under the un
fair treatment of the workers by
Hearst, has taken a stand against
the Suffrage Edition of the Examiner
made it impossible for me to co-operate
in any way.
Sec'y of the Socialist Women's
As a member of the Women's
Trade Union League and depart-