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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 04, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 12

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IS HOME BREAKING UP? WOMAN WORKS
AWAY FROM IT? MAN PROVIDES CHANCES
cial stratification of women on lines
of those who work, and those who'
are the wives and daughters in the
sheltered home.
The girl who works is usually too
busy to beoffended by the snobbery
of many of the unemployed. She
never feels inferior to the society de
butante. It is the rich girl who
raises the barrier.
Exclusiveness is woman's social
slogan. Even in colleges, where all
class distinctions are supposed to be
leveled, it is jpractically impossible
for a gfrl to enter a sorority if she
must wait pn table to earn her
board.
And while society girls may vo
lunteer for Charity work at ?30 a
month, it is not considered "nice" fof
them to use" their energy in any other
paid employment
Such distinction, altiibugh ignored
both by the workers and the butter
flies, nevertheless exists, and it has
produced a tremendous reaction
upon the relation of woman to the
home..' '
If the home is the choicest .place
on earth for a woman, tben the for
tunate are going to see that it
BY WINONA WILCOX
Honest citizens of many states be
lieve the ballot will make woman a
business rival, which they do not
want, and take her out of the, home,
where they want her.
Sucfi men need the information
that nearly 35 per cent of the women
in four great eastern states where
they have not the ballot are already
working for wages outside of the
home. But they are very far from
being men's business-rival. They
merely promote man's success by
tending his machines, keeping his
books and typing his letters.
Woman makes a very" satisfactory
employe and whatever may be his
theory about the place of woman in
the home, man has provided her with
plenty of opportunities to work away
from it. Superfluous and dissatisfied
women soon fill these new chances
to become economically independent
Here, apparently, is a REAL ME
NACE to the stability of the home.
But thousands of women who have
tried the business world are now
ready to testify that woman's way to
liberty is not by the road which leads
awajf from the home.
Most women work for wage only 4 stands up, an,d they are quite willing
in order to support a home, or to
raise its standard. But they do not
exchange one kind of drudgery for
another as they, expected to do. The
business woman soon discovers that
her "freedom" consists in carrying
on two jqbs instead of one. Of course
she does not make the bestfof either.
But she does discover what a nice
place -a home is to stay in, and how
wonderfully interesting housework
may be if it is undertaken as' the
great creative art which it really it
This is woman's most positive re
action to whatever menace econom
ical independence may ever have
been to the "home.
There is "also a secondary cause of
$his natural reaction. This is the so-
to leave the joys of economical inde
pendence to women who have some
how 'missed the xoveted that is the
protectedrr-domestic environment t
(The place of the child as a sta
bilizer ot the hdhrie is the subject of
the next article.)
TO TEST OWINGS' SANITY
Once the biggest loop real estate
dealer in Chicago, now ta broken;
penniless man, Francis P. Owings
faced Qudge Thomas Scully -in the
phychopathic hospital today in, an
effort to prove that he is jtill Bane.
Owings built the first skyscraper In
the city. It is the Bedford bldg. at
Adams and Dearborn sts". -,
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