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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 27, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 13

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"WOMEN MUST SUFFER MAN-MADE FASHION
UNTIL LAW FREES THSMOFDRESS SLAVERY,
Violette St;itt Wilson.
Berkeley, Cal., May 27. "Skirts
are a nuisance; only unjust laws pre
vent me from defying an uncomfort
able tradition of the ages that women
must be dressed differently than
-men."
With a toss of her head, Violette
Stitt Wilson, daughter of Stitt Wil
son, former mayor of this city, de-
clared against the dress of modern
women.
But inconvenience is also the
daughter of invention, and Miss Wil
son defies the laws without breaking
them.
Dressed in a khaki riding habit of
closely fitting knickerbockers, and
with puttees, the young woman en
joys riding her horse through Berk
ley streets and on the campus of the
university.
''Man-made laws decree that wom
en shall dress in heavy impeding
skirts," continued Miss rWilson, "and
that is the onfy excuse for their ex
istence. If there were a general pro
test made, and action taken legis
latively for a reform in dress, some
results would be accomplished. But
there has been no general movement
in this direction, and until public
opinion changes', as it will, we women
will be slaves of tradition and dress."
New York city's factory workers,
are as many as all the inhabitants of
St. Louis, fourth largest city of the
country,
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