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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 29, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 14

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women rebel against motherhood
until something is done to Save them
from the pain which women have
been brought up to consider its nat
ural accompaniment.
"Until science can find some way
of propagating the race without the
physical and mental danger-, which
women must face in giving life! "the
world should not expect them -to be
willing to bear children," Mrs. Lig
get says. "Science tells us that the
higher the mental culture of a'wom-
an, the greater her capacity for suf
fering. Is it fair, then, fo urge our
girls to higher education and at the
same time expect them to be moth
ers? "The old-fashioned notion about
the sacredness of motherhood is all
bosh. There can be no sacredness
where there is so much physical suf
fering. , - -
"Our ministers and our religions
preach about the wonder and the
beauty and the miracle of being a
"Any woman who has had one
child will agree with toe that there is
no wonder except the wender Jiow
any one can suffer so much in a civ
ilized world, no beauty about an or
deal which means going into the val
ley of death and that no miracle Is
worthy the name if it means such a
sacrifice on the person most con
cerned. "There is not a baby in the world
today worth the suffering which its
mother went through to give it life.
"We mothers love our children, but
every- time we look at them we re
member what we suffered.
"Another fallacy connected with,
the propagation of life is the state
ment that the suffering connected
with it is quickly forgotten. There
is no greater lie. It is woman's fault
that this is generally believ.ed, for she
thinks-she must agree with the popu,
lar fancy and say she has forgotten
her pain.
"A wife is usually told, when her
baby is born, 'Now you are a real
.woman.' Why should we have to suf
fer so much, to reach our greatest
possibility? No such sacrifice is
asked of man before he is conceded
to be a real man. ,
"Unless something can be done to
relieve women of this curse, the. ex
istence of matrimony is not justified.
"The giving of life should becon
fined to women of the lower type,
not so capable of suffering.
"They should be selected for
breeding and be kept from all things
Mrs. Liggett is not recommending
"twilight sleep" as a solution of the
problem of motherhood, but is asking
that the women of the U. S. investi
gate and find out if its claims are
"The fact that twilight sleep has
been originated and is being used is
proof that women are demanding re
lief," she says. "This may not be
what we want, but if'we investigate '
and find it is not. then let us keep
on clamoring until we find some
thing.".. o o
George Smith is home again. Ha!
Ha! Ha! Poo! Curtis cor. of St. Ig
nac, Mich., Enterprise.
Society maids and matrons of Seat
tle have gone in for swimming with
a splash.
Members of the ladies' auxiliary of
the Seattle Athletic club staged a
swimming and diving exhibition re
cently for their women friends only.
The clever feats performed prove 1
the northwestern women no longer
novices in the water sport
The combination dive, the Austra
lian crawl, dives from swings and
rings, high dives and fancy ones, in
addition to quick time races, werq

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