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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 01, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 6

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IT IS A PITY THAT SEX, OVER WHICH WE HAVE NO CONTROL,
SHOULD BE USED TO DIVIDE THE WORKERS
By Jane Whitaker.
"Miss Whitaker: I have noticed in
most of your-writings of late that
you are always exalting women as a
sort of redeeming force, while it is
a well-known fact that much of the
suffering in this world today is caus
ed by women taking the jobs from
men; not only is this true in industry
but in politics and other pursuits as
well even on the police force. If
women would not work for less
' wages than men, less women and
more men would be employed and
more happy homes would be main
tained. Will you please make clear
your attitude through The Day
Book."
There was a time, in the quite long
ago, when women were not a money
making proposition. True, daugh
ters worked in the home, knitting,
spinning, doing housework and farm
chores, but upon the- number of
daughters depended the amount of
help each could give, and fathers fig
ured that a wife and mother and one
daughter could handle this work.
This condition was responsible for
the fact that girl babies were unde
sirable in any number. Fathers pray
ed for and gave their affection to
their sons, and wives who brought
, only and many girl babies into the
world won more or less contempt
from their husbands.
We were too civilized to drown girl
babies as the Chinese did; or to put
them in baskets and chloroform them
as we do undesirable kittens. And so
girls were early brought to under
stand that the only way they could
relieve their fathers of .he burden of
their support was to marry as soon
as possible.
This resulted in what was neither
more nor less than licensed prostitu
tion. For girls married the first men
who asked them regardless of the
fact that the feeling in their hearts
r-iight be hatred. They sold the only j
thing they had with a purchasable
value their bodies.
It was this' necessity of relieving . !
fafhprn nf fhA snnnnrt nf pirls that. V
brought contempt upon spinsterhood, JJ
for it meant that the woman who did dk
nnt marrv Viarl hopn nnjirilf to finrl :. 'W
buyer for herself and continued to, a
remain a burden on her father.
And then, whether from the pity
and sorrow in the heart of a mother,
or the imnatience of a father, or the
desire of the girl to relieve herself W
of the stigma of being a burden, I do
not know and do not care, but girls
began to sell their housekeeping abil
ity to families where there were no
daughters or where the daughters
could be taken care of.
The odd part of this is that men
have since invaded fields originally
established by women. There are men
cooks, butlers, valets, waiters, dress
makers, milliners, hairdressers and
beauty specialists.
Working as a servant, however,
placed the girl in a position lower
than her original one and forced her
to mate, if she mated at all, in a class
beneath her own.
Then, too, the girl who supported
herself by being a servant did not
help support the family of little chil
dren "when the father's income was
not sufficient to do this, and, while
I am not blaming fathers, because,
next to mothers, they are the best
thing in the world, I am saying that
girl children instead of boys and the
industrial system which did not pay
a father a wage that would enable
him to support his family, forced
him to seek some field where daugh
ters might earn money.
And so fathers took their daugh
ters to men employers of labor. They
took them to the mills while the
dream-dust of doll-babv davs was still
in the eyes of the girls and the fathers
offered these girls, through stress of
necessity, as industrial slaves.
The men employers smiled. "Whs

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