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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 26, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 30',
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GREEDY LITTLE EXPLOITERS BEGIN TO TAKE
SHARE OF SPOILS OF WOMANHOOD
BY JANE WHITAKER
In the history of exploited women
who are today being exploited by
the law and the morals court we pre
viously reached as farm their exploi
tation as the place where the girl,
weakened by the exploitation of Big
Business, has been exploited by men
in the name of love.
One of these girls may become an
unmarried mother and the other
may have only the recklessness of a
broken heart and the sense of having
been despoiled, but neither of them
are through with exploitation.
The girl who becomes a mother is
next exploited by the law that allows
her for the support of her unnamed
child less than the price a man pays
for a good cigar a day, and
takes no heed of the fact that the
mother is unable, by society that
shudders at the scarlet letter, to earn
money to make up the difference be
tween what the law allows and what
it costs to keep the baby, much less
take care o'f herself.
Women exploit her by taking her
into their kitchens in the name of
philanthropy and do not pay her any
wages for her work because she is
an unmarried mother.
Society exploits her by barring her
from decent communion with it and
driving her to desperation in her un
natural, shameful exile.
Finally she reaches the place
where the exploitation of her by the
law and society forces her to give
up her baby.
At this stage the three girls who
today are in the morals court meet
The girl who was exploited by a
man in the name of love and did not
become a mother doesn't care any
more. Sometimes she fancies she is
a vampire who is going out to make
men pay, but when she get into the
morals court she finds that only
The girl who did become a mother
and who had to sacrifice her child be
cause of the combination of exploi
tation of her doesn't care what hap-r
pens any more. There isn't any use
and there isn't any chance, anyway.-
The girl who went into the game
of "picking up a dollar now and
again," so she can live decently,
driven into the life of shame by the
exploitation of her by merchant
princes, isn't any wiser than the
other two, and every one of them is
easy prey for the next bunch of ex-,
Strange, yet true, the most ardent
and even -the most sincere reformers
can only trace the exploitation of the
exploited woman back to this be
ginning. Right here and now they
will all solemnly nod approval of the
fact that exploitation begins, even-
though they won't admit all the ex-'
ploitation that a study of the matter"
Did you ever see a scant bucket of
food thrown into a hog trough? The
concerted action of men and womens
in exploiting these girls from this
place on, the greed of it, reminds me
only of hogs in a pen.
There are the procuresses, women
at least in outward form, who use'
every woman trick to worm into the":
confidence of the girl in the store
whose face shows she has been cry
ing the night before over her shat
tered dreams, or the hungry-looking
girl who has or has not yet started -in
to "turn a dollar now and then,":,
or the unmarried mother sitting in',
an employment office wanting work, '
but without references. Ondfe the
procuress has gained this confidence, .
she tells the girl how easy it is to ,
Once a girl told me what a woman
had said to her, after the woman had
advertised for a girl to do fancy..,
sewing, had gotten the girl's admis-i.,
sion she was in hard luck and had-.
1 told her that she was a fooljto try to.