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mother until after she was married?
Girls have often written me vague
expressions of a. revolt against na
ture, but never before have I received
a letter on the subject so clear as the
Dear Mrs. Gibson. I. am a young
lady less than 20 years of age. I have
a fairly good position, with a satis
factory salary. Have boy and girl
friends, but at time I am very un
happy. I know the reason for my
unhappiness, but there seems to be
no remedy for it. It is this:
In a few years I will either have to
marry, or be considered what the
world pities and calls an "old maid."
I am not selfish; I never was selfish.
I would do anything in my power to
But I like myself a little too well
to marry and suffer what is some
times called "going down into the
valley of the shadow" motherhood.
I love babies, passionately. I love
children of all ages and sizes. I am
not a chronic "whiner."
I am very happy when I am with
friends, of my own age. And when I
look about me, when we are all to
gether, and think that these gather
ings cannot last long, a few years at
the most, it makes me sad. They (the
other girls) look upon marriage as in
evitable, the purpose for which they
I don't want to get married. I do
not love anyone well enough to
I have a boy friend and I like him
as a little girl would like a playmate,
and if he is still in the "market" when
all the other girls have married, I
shall marry him. But I will not love
I shall marry him because all the
other girls will have married and
I shall never be happy afterwards.
Perhaps I don't understand these
things correctly, but I do know that
I do not want to "go down into the
valley of the shadow' I would be
different light, but I cannot see it in.
any other way.
I know that I could make a success
of the business I have started out in.
But I have got td give up my freedom,
and become dependent on a man, and
endure a woman's martyrdom just
because society in general and my
family in particular think it my duty.
If girls were not taught from their
cradles that marriage was their goal,
and that if they did not marry, they
were failures, but taught to look upon
marriage as one of many careers,
which they could choose or pass by
as they wanted, then more marriages
would be made for real love and not
because the girl believes It necessary
that she marry "someone."
What do you think? T. E. V.
I think that "T. E. V." has opened
up the most vital problem incident to
woman's economical independence
and also to. modern educational
The enlightened girl today can
shock her mother with plain state- .
ments of scientific facts, but in few
instances is she willing to raise a
family of five as her mother did.
I think that the new education is
far better than the old, but that
something must be added to it for the
guidance and assurance of bewilder-.
ed and sensitive ypung women.
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