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RIGHTS FOR WOMEN IN ALL LINES TO BE
DECIDED ON MERIT ALONE
BY NIXOLA GREELEY-SMITH
There -has recently come into be
ing in New York city an organiza
tion of men anaSwomen "which is
known as the Feminist Alliance.
These men and'women have banded
together "to work for the removal of
all social, political and other dfcorim
inations based upon sex, and lor the
award of nghts-and -duties in all fields
on the basis of individual capacity
Henrietta Rodman, widely known
as an educator, who with FolaLa
Follette and- a few others of the ad-,
vance guard of feminism, retains1 her
maiden name despite, the' fact that
she is a married woman, is the act
ing chairman of the Feminist Al
liance. Any woman who does not be
lieve that she should be forever pen
alized by the facttrf her memininity
cause I believe that the handicaps
imposed by nature upon women
should not be made the excuse for
further handicaps imposed by man
that I have become a member of it.
One"" of the foremost feminists of
the present day is Mrs. Charlptte Per
kins Gflman. She declares there are
already W kinds qf feminists hu- v
man feminists and female feminists.
The human eminist, Mrs. Gilman
says, holds that sex is a minor de
partment of life; that the main lines
of human development have nothing
to do with sex. The female feminist,
oh theeOHtrary, holds that woman is
most valuable as a female and as"C
such she should be indulged, honor-
ed, paid and allowed full and. free $'
activity. At the head of the female ,jg
feminists is the Swedish writer, Ellen " "
As I understand it, the point of di
vergence between the Gilmanites and'
the Keyites is at the question of (t.
"whether or not womeri should con-
tinue to be self supporting after mar
riage and the birth of children. Mrs. . ,
Gilman believes in a central or state '
nursery as well as a central kitchen,
which would relieve mothers of
household and nursery cares. She
does not take Into consideration the
fact that mothers do not want to, be
relieved of the dare of their offspring i
and theirhoni6s; do not desire ma
chine-made children and rubber
I believe strong ly in mothers' pen
sions, and why I feel sure that event
ually all active earners, both nieirafid.
women, will'be taxed for the general
maintenance of children.
The world has yet to understand
that all women are. not born to be
mothers. All women do not wish to
be mothers. There is no universal
instinct tor motnernood any-rmore
than there is a universal palpitant
passion ior latnernooa mere are
should join this alliance. It is be- boin mothers, bornfathers, as- the&j