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'OLD-FASHIONED" WOMAN AND COOK STOVE
MORE'IMPORTANT THAN SHRAPNEL
BY WINONA WILCOX
"The twentieth century man is liv
ing with a fifteenth century woman,"
Rose Pastor Stokes, wife -of W. G.
Phelps Stokes, millionaire, told a
Baltimore audience a few days ago.
"The cook stove and other feudal
istic institutions have kept woman
back," she said. ,
The firsjt sentence is clever, but
might we not say just as truthfully,
remembering the millions of dead
men on Europe's battlefields, that
the twentieth century woman is liv
ing with a fifteenth century jnan?
Or why not balance the cook stove
against war munitions -and permit
man and woman a chronological
But even this is not quite fair to
the cook stove, which is a construc
tive agent of civilization, while
shrapnel is most valuable, as it is the
most destructive. Democracy, or
any other human ideal, might have
been attained without its use.
Many women are always waiting
to find " new causes for discontent
Thousands are greedy of excuses to
shirk responsibilities which .are pe
culiarly feminine. 4
They devour advice like this: "So
cialized activities which supply nec
essaries of life, such as houses, food
and clothing. Freedom from do
mestic cares will enable women to
take part in the big social and eco
nomic movements hitherto dele
gated to men."
But does it do so?
We have just about completed the
socialization of -clothing. And all it
has done for women is to create a
demand for more, Cheaper and
worse clothing, and to provide her
with a chance to parade around in it
The average woman neither mends
nor darns. Never were women so
wasteful as in this era of the ready-
made, this "age of cloth of gold," Lstrikers,
which has freed her from rnaking
even the baby's layette.
A3 she has stored the sewing ma
chine in the attic, she woulcLhasten
joyously banish the cook stove to
the cellar. Then by pushing a fewv"
buttons at the head of the bed, the (
wife could order breakfasts for the
family from a central kitchen a mile
away, scientifically assorted accord
ing to age, sex, height, weight, gen
eral health, color of hair, occupation,
Add this system to factory-made
.clothing and woman would be re
lieved from the necessity of knowing
anything at all. It would permit her
to slump comfortably into perma
nent parasitism, ,and it would still
further enslave man as "a good provider."
Home-making, according to the
finest modern conception, is a great
art. It demands fern le intelli
gence and training. .ere is no
great and no small, no better and
no worse in any service which is es
sential to the well-being of the race.
And perhaps woman wouldn't be
in such haste to upset the cook stove
if she realized that it is a detail of
the best economic movement, and a
part of all social improvement One
of man's first steps away from sav
agery was the cooking of food. This
step was taken thousands of years
ago, but in allf the centuries since,
woman has not learned how to cook
to the best advantage. It would,
seem woman't past in twentieth cen
tury wisdom not. to abandon the
cook stove, but to bring it up to date.
But no wife will try to do this if she
is convinced that the cook stove
keeps her -500 years behind her hus
band. o o
.New York--lVIason-Seaman Trans
portation Co., tied up by chauffeurs'
Btrike, put its 800 taxis.onale to the
Many bought s