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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 22, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 14

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Gen. Washington, and
saw her lover hanged.
afterward I Fraunces sold the place in 17S5,
I and became Washington's steward.
After woman gets the vote and
becomes, perhaps, free of man's rule,
there remains another form of liber
ty for her to acquire.
The ancient domination of wom
an over woman has limited her de-
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velopment quite as much as the sub
jection of woman to man. The new
freedom to come will mean the re
lease of the adult daughter from the
control of her mother.
Mothers grant to their sons the
capacity for growing to any stature,
physical or mental, wmcn nature
permits. They respect a son's per
sonal right to his individual exis
tence. But how many mothers ever re
gard their daughters other than, as
their inferiors?
- The "girl" of 50 may have had the
brains and courage to make a for
tune in business but her mother
will never consider her fit to buy her
own stockings without advice.
As a supreme dictator of her
daughter's conduct, many a mother
belittles her daughter's powers and
dwarfs her development.
What a mother did in her youth
she insists that her daughter shall
do. Her sons may progress with their
time. But her daughter must adopt'
her mother's methods.
Sex slavery is condemned as the
curse which has kept woman behind
man in so many ways.
But this is decidedly unfair to
man. The insistence of mothers that
their 'daughters shalj go round and
round in the same circles they were
taught to tread by their mothers is
a cause of inferiority which women
themselves refuse to see and which
man fails to discover.
Tradition and convention enclose
woman's world like the latitude and
longitude lines on a globe. Going
around in circles may be quite safe,
but never leads anywhere.
But it is just this element of safety
which has made the path of the cir
cle so attractive to women.
The mother takes her place as the
daughter's monitor, she dictates the
line of her daughter's conduct in or
der to guard her daughter's chastity.
This is a good reason for the or
igin ofthe habit and for its contin
uance until a girl is awake to the
ways of the world. Let no rebellious
and headstrong girl think otherwise.
Some day, perhaps in that glad
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