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DECLARES HERSELF IN SYMPATHY WITH AND
AN ADMIRER OF THE STRIKING WAITRESSES
BY JANE WHITAKER
"Do I believe-a girl;cari live properly on $7 a week? Absolutely no!
That is absurd! Neither, do I believe 'she can live on $8 nor $9. I do not
think she Ctn,,hve onlless than $10 a" week, and I do not believe that be
cause she is' a girl she shpuld be expected to live on any sort of minimum
wage, but, if she is doing, a mail's work, she should be paid the same amount
of money .that is paid -to a man' ,
Mrs. Leonora' Z;, Meder, president of the Catholic Women's Social Ser
vice of JJlihpis, .who has .coijie into contact with the wrecked, lives of many
hundred girls,-.some of them, wrecked through the present outrageous in
dustrial situation,, was speaking.
"I amvVery impatient with the people who try to figure-on what amount
of money -a girl should live," she continued. "Food and clothes are not
enough for ;a girl and yet that is all that is ever considered. Sue should
have music, entertainment and many other- things which are absolutely
necessary to; tfy.e- development of her mind and of her soul and the enjoy
ment of her body.,. .
"Yet the very people who figure the lowest possible minimum wage for
a girl are the ones who-would, if they were speaking of a man's wage, in
clude a few extra dollars for his necessary enjoyment, his smoking, the en
tertainment of his friends and the
amusement of his own leisure hours."
"Then you are in sympathy with
the girl waitresses who are striking
at Henrici's restaurant because they
are only paid $7 a week?" I asked.
"Indeed I am. And I am a great
admirer of those girls. It takes cour
age to go on that picket line, know
ing as they do that they may be not
only arrested but brutally man-handled.
I think Elizabeth Maloney is a
wonderful girl, and nothing pleased
me so much as when President Wil
son recognized Agnes Nestor as a
representative social worker of the
"I believe in organization since it
is only by amalgamating forces that
anything can be achieved. But I do
think, "Miss Whitaker, that not only
should all working women be organ
ized, but something should be done
to prevent the married woman, who
has a few hours idle time, going to
work, and thus not only encroaching
upon the work that self-supporting
women need but supplying a deadly
"I am not referring to the woman
whose husband is physically weak or
out of work, but to the class of mar
ried women who invade the industrial'
world in the greatest number for the
excitement of being downtown while
their husbands are not at home.
"It is a very great evil. Their chil-'
dren are neglected, their homes are
neglected, and the domestic triangle1
which leads to so many scandals and1
divorces is very frequently brought
about in this way. It is the hot-bed ofl
"Many of these women come
downtown at 11 in the morning and'
work until 4. Their husbands fre-
quentfy do not know that they are7
working at all. The money they make'
this way they spend for personal1
adornment, but they are taking for1
that personal adornment wages that
other girls need in order to have food'
"Do you think that the girl who'
must work seven days a week is1
menacing her health?" I questioned.1
She smiled. "Is there any doubt of
it? Even a machine wears out quickly1
or slowly according to the number of
consecutive hours it is made work.3
"Then what do you expect of a wo-I