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But I could not help them without playing false to the labor movement.
Our sisters of the suffrage movement who worked so splendidly for us, BECAUSE WE ARE WOMEN failed to understand the struggle we must make BECAUSE WE ARE WORKERS. The women of the labor movement did not take part in editing or sell ing the paper. As a consequence there were very few zealous workers. Many of the brightest women of Chicago were conspicuous by their absence. There were no contributions from Mary McDowell, Margaret Haley, Mrs. Raymond Robins, nor other members of the Women's Trade Union League. The women who sold the Daily Socialist for the garment workers and conducted the tag-day during the newspaper lockout were not working yesterday. They were needed and moreover they were willing to work for suf frage, BUT NOT FOR HEARST. Labor organizations have repeat edly declared that Hearst is unfair. He is considered the worst of ene mies, the one who speaks as a friend while striking a blow. Hearst's action in putting the reg ular morning edition, with news, tele graph service and features, on the stands in competition with the suf frage edition is characteristic of Hearst procedure. The women were given no benefit of the morning cir culation. The men who bought the morning edition chose the penny paper with the news. Readers of the Examiner are not the kind Of men who care for suf frage. All who bought the suffrage edition .did so because they wished to help the cause. They would have bought a tag or a leaflet. The Examiner took advantage of the inexperience of the suffragists in the newspaper field. Hearst has scored one on the suffragists. They will learn that a man who will not play fair with labor will not play fair with them. The women of the Illinois Suffrage Association will learn more than this, they will leam the value of the work ing women to the suffrage movement. Working women are better organ ized, more zealous, more disinterest ed than any other class of voters. The economic and social status of all women depend upon the economic and social status of those who work. The passing interest of Hearst or any other demagogue is of little value to women compared to the value of unity and co-operation in their own ranks. Following are authorized state ments by some of the women who did not help to sell the suffrage "edi tion of the Examiner: The Women's Trade Union League of Chicago was not able to help with the. suffrage edition of the Chicago Examiner either as contributors or sellers because of the attitude taken by the Examiner toward organized labor. Alice Henry, Editor of Life and Labor. Heartily sympathizing in the cause of suffrage with the women who worked so hard to secure the ballot for the women of Illinois, I greatly ' regret that this time they appear to be allies of the enemy of organized labor in Chicago. The Socialist party is the political expression of the organized working class. As an official of that party I must stand with organized labor as against organized capital. The fact that the Chicago Federa tion of Labor, smarting under the un fair treatment of the workers by Hearst, has taken a stand against the Suffrage Edition of the Examiner made it impossible for me to co-operate in any way. Winnie Branstetter, Sec'y of the Socialist Women's National Committee. As a member of the Women's Trade Union League and depart-