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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 07, 1911, Image 3

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half dollars for her room, one dollar for laundry, and sixty cents for
car fare, she would have less than fifty cents left at the end of the
week. That is, provided she ate ten-cent breakfasts, fifteen-cent
luncheons and twenty-five-cent d'nners.
"But tneije is no doubt that many girls do live on even six t
dollars, and do it honestly, but we can affirm that they do not have
nourishing food, or comfortable shelter, or warm, clothes, or any,
amusement, . except, perhaps, free public dances, without. outside
help, either, from charity in the shape of girls' clubs or friends in the
country home. How can she possibly exist, tp say nothing of live?
"IS IT ANY WONDER THAT A TEMPTED GIRL WHO
RECEIVES 'ONLY SIX DOLLARS PER WEEK WORKING
WITH HER HANDS, SELLS HER BODY FOR TWENTY
FIVE DOLLARS PER WEEK WHEN SHE LEARNS THERE
IS A DEMAND FOR IT AND MEN ARE WILLING TO PAYl
THE PRICE?
"On the one hand her employeY demands honesty, faithfulness
and a 'clean and neat appearance,' and for all this he contributes
from his profits an average of SIX DOLLARS FOR EVERY
WEEK.
"Her honesty alone is worth this inadequate wage, disregard
ing the consideration of her efficiency.
, "In the sad Jife of prostitution, on the dther hand, we find here
THE EMPLOYER, DEMANDING THE SURRENDER OF
HER VIRTUE, pays her an average of twenty-five dollars per
week.
"Which employer w,ins the half-starved child to his side in this
uneual battle? ' . - , -
"It would be unjust, however, to cast any reflection 4upon
THOSE GIRLS WHO ARE BRAVE AND PURE, BY INTI
MATING THAT BECAUSE THEY EARN SO SMALL A
WAGE THEY MUST NECESSARILY BE IN THE 'SAME
CLASS WITH THOSE OTHER GIRLS WHO, UNABLE TO
SURVIVE LONGER THE HEROIC BATTLE AGAINST
POVERTY AND SELF-SACRIFICE, HAVE SUCCUMBED
AND GONE DOWN! t
"Prostitution demands YOUTH for its perpetuation. On the
public rests the mighty responsibility of seeing to it that the de
mand is not supplied through the breaking down of the early edu
cation of the young girl or her exploitation in the business world.
"What show has she in the competitive system which exists
today? '
"Whatever her chances may be, to stand or, to fall, she is here
in hordes in the "business world as our problem. LET US DO
SOMETHING TO GIVE HER AT LEAST A LIVING WAGE.

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