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BOSS A "HATEFUL THING" NAME TOO OFTEN
BY WINONA WILCOX
"Hateful Old Thing!" - ..
Thisis the habit of speech, a!
though not a pretty one, with many
groups of girls in the business world.
The unfortunate referred to is
their business manager. Sometimes
she really is the "nicest" kind of a
woman just the kind which always
makes the worst of tyrants whenl
given a little authority; she is so sure
of her niceness, so positive that .she
knows what every other woman
ought to do under all circumstances.
This attitude of woman to subor
dinates of her own sex cannot be
passed over merely as a feminine
foible because it interferes sadly with
her economic achievements; in fact,
it proves fatal to her advancement in
the business world.
Twenty years ago when, woman's
invasion of man's realm of business
was finally accepted as ' inevitable
and permanent, it was assumed she
would become an actual rival of man
in .business. As time goes on it is
obvious the top places and big sa
laries will rarely fall to woman's lot
Suffragists claim this limit to
woman's accomplishment has been
set wilfully by men and that only
the .vote will procure for them equal
opportunity and equal salaries in any
Occasionally a woman does attain
an extraordinary position with its
proper pecuniary reward, but voteor
no vote, woman defeats her own in
terests, as a rule, and she herself is
responsible for the curtailment of her
power in the business world.
Women, seem unable to learn how
to get along with other women, as
men get along with men, or as men
get along with women.
Beginning with the home, there is
the very conspicuous mesa which
woman has made of domestic service,
the oldest relation in which one wom
an has had supervision over another
as employer and employe.
In public schools and libraries
which are particularly woman's oc
cupations, there isore system and
fair distribution of work than in the
home, but very much the same un
fairness of administration.
In the commercial world a wom
an who is anxious to get a place at
the top and "is qualified to fill it, is
frequently surprised and disappoint
ed, when a young man is promoted
ovfir her as manaeer.
Sne complains it is due to sex at
traption and not ability, whereas it
was the abuse of power when she
had it in her hands, it was super
ciliousness, lack of sympathy, indif
ference to the other woman's point of
view, jealousy of the other woman's
success which caused heV own fail-
In short, woman is spoiling her
chances for reaching a place beside
man in business life because she sub
stitutes her personal opinions sup
ported by prejudice for good judg
ment based on evidence.
It is only in theory that women
have a deep sympathy for and in
terest in others. When they become
rivals they become unjust And they
will continue to have good cause to
complain of injustice in business .re
lations until they learn how to in
troduce justice into their own de
partments of any work.
(The "Hypnotic Effect of Woman's
Tyranny" will be the subject of the
third article in this series.)
placed by men, who are taking up
work that was formerly regarded as
purely for women. Ha!
Farmers of North Dakota paid
$14,141,640 for farm labor during