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coward, doesn't dare peep for fear heU lose some advertising and some
When I see the things they do for money, and the things they refrain
from doing for fear of losing money I actually pity the poor millionaire
I wonder if any of them ever look forward to the time when they must
die and face a God wKTisn't a storekeeper and doesn't advertise.
I wonder if they are happy now when they know they are cowards
and slaves the kept barkers of Mammon just as much slaves to Big
Business and Special Privilege as the streetwalker to her cadet!
Are we all slaves? Is nobody free?
Are alj the hundreds of thousands of men in Chicago such shrinking
cowards that none will fight for manhood, womanhood and childhood for
the right, at least, of working wormen to get together to defend them
selves? I don't know. I can't understand it For I know that public opinion
is righteous when aroused.
And I can't believe the good work of that senate committee will have
been concluded until the best there is in the people of Chicago is thoroughly
aroused. For then they will support the working women of Chicago in their
fight for the right to organize and themselves establish a minimum wage
that isa living wage a wage that will put their bodies and their souls in
their own keeping, and humanity in Chicago on a higher plane.
I. HEARSTS AMERICAN FOR A MINIMUM WAGE
At last one Chicago daily newspaper has taken a bold stand in favor of
a minimum wage for women a minimum wage that is a living wage.
Hearst's Chicago American today publishes a full-page editorial in
which a powerful argument is made for laws that will compel the payment
of decent wages for women.
Here is the final paragraph in The American's editorial:
"Protect the women and girls, compel payment of decent wages, JAIL
THE MAN WHO HIRES A GIRL OR WOMAN FOR LESS THAN IT COSTS
HER' TO LIVE DECENTLY; OR WHO WORKS HER SO HARD AS TO
LEAVE NO ENERGY IN HER BODY FOR THE DUTIES OF MOTHER
HOOD, AND Y6U WILL HAVE MADE A GOOD BEGINNING."
I am glad to give Hearst credit for that editorialyjit is, in my judg
ment, the biggest thing a Hearst paper has done in Cfifqago in years.
I wonder if any of the other Chicago publishers ,will have the courage
to take the same stand for the womanhood of Chicago?
In the meantime, I cordially invite Hearst to line up alongside The
Day Book and help the department store clerks in their figh for the right
to organize and protect themselves.
For Mr. Hearst knows, as every other publisher kn'ows. that a mini-
mum wage law can't be won in a quick, swift fight, or by one editorial how
eyer powerful. It means a hard fight against terrific odds.
But if we can help the women get the right to organize, then they can
protect themselves in some measure, while we are fighting with Vie kept
politicians and organized Big Business to get a minimum wage law.
If the newspapers will join with The Day Book in this fight we can
arouse public sentiment and win a glorious victory that will do more for
Chicago's manhood, womanhood and childhood than the building of a bul
lion dollars' worth of subways.
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