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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 05, 1912, Image 9

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Jane Addams Writes of a Hypathetical Society Where the Men
Were Aslnng for the Ballot, and She Gives the Argu-
ments. the Women Could Very Properly Use Against It.
By Jane 'Addams.
Famous Head jaf 'Hull House and
Leader in Suffrage-Movement.
I ask you -to consider, society
a hypothetical society where
the women were' -the vpters and
the men the disenfranchised. We
Jane Addams.
will suppose that the men were
asking for the right of the ballot
and using every argument.at their
i command to obtain the consent
of the women. What might the
women say to their masculine pe
titioners? First, could the)'- not say:
"Our most valid objection to
extending the franchise to you is
.that you are so fond of fighting
and you always have been ever
since you were little boys. vYou
would be likely to forget that the
real object of the state is to nur
ture and protect life and, out of
sheer vainglory, you would be
voting away huge sums for bat
tleships, one of which could last
only a few years, and yet would
cost $101000,000."
Secondly,-could she not say to
disenfranphised men, "We have
carefully built up a code of fac
tory legislation for the "protection
of the workers.. fWq,know you
men have always beep careless in
housekeeping affairs and if you
were made responsible for factory
legislation it is probable you
would let the workers in the tex
tile 'mills contract tuberculosis
through needlessly breathing the
fluff, or the workers in machine
shops inhale metal filings, both of
which are now tarried off by an
excellent suction system which
we women have insisted upon, but
which is almost imposible to have
installed in a man-made state,
"because the men think so little of
dust and its evil effects.
- "We have also heard that in
certain states in order to save the
paltry price of a guard which
would protect a dangerous ma
chine, men legislators allow care
less boys and girls to lose their
fingers and sometimes their
hands, thereby crippling their en-

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