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The Business Woman
It is an admitted fact, even though
it does come reluctantly from a great
many sources, that woman has won
success in the business world. That
she is a factor is a fact not tob
lightly scoffed at, and the critics unm,
unbelievers realize that the foothold
she has gained is not merely for the
present. Through knowledge and ex
perience she has firmly entrenched
herself, not for today or tomorrow
but for all time. Women are in busi
ness to stay, and each year the num
ber increases above the proportion of
- population increase.
Her success has not been lightly
won however. On the contrary it is
the result of travail of body and mind
and opportunity and a million other
things-but the sacrifices have cul
minated in her independence, and
therefore have not been in vain.
Various versions have been ad
vanced as to woman's entrance into
the business field. The following ten
are supposed to cover any excuses she
might have to offer:
(1) Women have no private incomes
usually, and the men folks of the
family are unable and quite often
unwilling to support them.
(2) Through death, accident or dis
ease they are often compelled to
conhtribute to the support of a
large or dependent family.
8) In many instances the husband is
unable to support his family in
decent comfort on the salary he
earns, and therefore thru a desire
to assist, they go to work.
(4) Women of today desire a higher
standard of living than the stand
ard with which their parents are
(5) Often the head of the family pro
vides a comfortable home, but is
unable to supply his daughters
with pin money, good clothes, en
tertaining, an occasional trip, etc.
(8) There is not sufficient work in the
home, especially if the family is
large, to keep the girls interested.
(7) Love of an occupation for which
a woman thinks she is fitted.
(8) Desire to be independent, even
though she can be supported at
9) Desire for business training so as
to be self-supporting in case of
(10) Because they prefer any work to
Of course wherever there ia private
- -
or public discussion of women in busi
ness, there are sure to arise reaction- 2
aries, of both sexes, who urge that I
woman's place is not in business, and
who attribute her presence there to I
selfish or inconsequential motives. I
Again there are extremists who de- I
clate that the place for the intelligent I
1woman is in business outside of the 1
home where she will receive her pay
envelope. It is a little difficult to de
termine which is the voice of wisdom, 1
however the weight of evidence indi
cates that probably 85 per cent of
all the women who work in offices,
stores, factories, shops, etc., work be
cause it is necessary for them to sup
'rt themselves or their dependent
There can be little doubt that the
woman with , business experience
whether she has succeeded or not, is
usually a more sympathetic, intelli
gent and companionable individual be
cause of her experience. If she re
mains unmarried and succeeds in busi
ness she certainly holds a more self
respecting position than the old-fash
ioned spinster, without a private in
come, who held the anonalous position
of "poor relation" to a tribe of pity
ing "inlaws." Again if she marries it
is logical to assume that she carries
into the home her habit of successful
endeavor built on her business ex
In a newspaper interview ex-Presi
dent Taft said "Every girl should be
trained to some occupation which, if
followed, will make her independent
of marrige as a means of support.
Then she need not marry except in
obedience to the dictates of her heart.
Business makes a woman self-reliant,
not a clinging vine. When she mar
ries she can contribute some strength
to the partnership. Work and finan
cial dependence are the best possible
training for the civic and political re
sponsibilities she may be called upon
to assume some day."
If women expect to receive equal
recognition with men in the distribu
tion of jobs they must be properly
qualified (1) By acquiring a thorough
business education. (2) By adopting
the same serious interest in work. (3)
By formulating a big, definite purpose
for the future.
That men are prejudiced against
women in business is due to the fact
that many of them are untrained, in
different, inefficient and as unhappy in
their work as the most slip-shod
housewife, who rebels at the monotony
of her tasks.
This type is known as the "ostrich
woman" who blinds herself to realities 1
about her work and her future. She
feels that to be truly womanly she A
I should look upon business as a ten- is t
Sporary occupation to, be pursued only ian
until marriage brings a blessed de- we(
Sliverance. With little training, with oha
no work ideals, her business inBrest in
Sbegins and ends with her pay en- her
Svelope. She keeps constantly in evi- for
dence her dilletante attitude towards exp
business, thus aiding and abetting the "
- prejudlice against women for import- cell
r ant posts. epi
Of course all business women are cir<
- not to be judged by this type, how- Sei
- ever, we must recognize that their tur
t presence in business is certain to col- He
or the opinion of men toward women wh
e in business. du(
e Every woman is justified in insist- con
s ing streuously on good pay for good ces
- work, and when all business women, -
- as a class, will pursue this policy we :w'
- will hear less frequently the complaint "
- that a man doing the same work as a ..
.woman is receiving higher pay. Wom- *
- en do the cause of all women in busi
Sness a grave injustice by accepting .
n without protest lower pay than men
for the same work.
t Most firms consider employees who
s are old in point of service as of greater
1 value to them than new, untrained
- help, and therefore show them greater Y
consideration and pay them higher
salaries. Of course, occasionally you .
e encounter people who have no consid- -
f eration or appreciation for their old 48
t employees.
The business woman wants and
n should have a home of her own, even
Sif she is not married, a place that is
not only a harmonious haven for her
at the end of the day, but where she
h can exercise her innate instincts for
e Happiness in her chosen work, hap
, piness in her personal life, many in
n terests, participations in movements
of public welfare, the stimulus of a
Sworth-while coal, and the develop- +
ment of a self-reliant, joyous nerson- -
ality that stands like a rock through
h all the vicissitudes of life-this is a
vision of the many sided American
business woman. Tt is at once the
e reason and the justification of her
nresence in business.
i- -
n Now Take Fart Rank 4n An Lies
d Life's Activities-Will Soon De
y mand Political Recognition.
h Previous to and for several years
after the Civil War it was slightlv less ti
than an affront to propose employ
ment to a lady of this secti'-n. The
women of the old South were surrmund
ed by a snirit of chivalry that nl'd .d
them unon a nedestal far a').ve the
reach of self effort in the way of ware
earning. All this was well encvrh
r1rine the days of slavery i..it with
Pelolition of that institution ·ooiuilod
with the rui" and havoc nocssio"nd by
the Civil War, with all social in
tercourse interrupted. women where
there were several in a family, felt
it was up to them to relieve as far
as lay in their nower the burden laid
upon the shoulders of the heads of
families and with this laudable desire
heran to consider the subiect so seri
oiislv that when oneiings nresented
arose to the occasion as did their
mothers when war stalked with fire
and brand throughout the land.
Wages were low and employment
difficult to secure during the time of
reconstruction. in conseqquence of
which men with families were seri
ously handicapped in their efforts to i
earn sufficiently to properly support
their loved ones. *
It was to relieve this embarrassing
situation, that several citizens con
suited together with the object in view
- of introducing female clerks in such
stores as would be willing to employ
them and among the number was Mr.
Abe Rosenfield who agreed to try the
experiment if a young lady willine to
accept a clerkshin could be found. One
was found and the ice being broken it
was not long before girls were to be
seen behind counters of all large dry
goods establitshments. The first young
lady to appear as a saleslady was in
the Rosenfield establishment but
Farrnbacher quickly followed with
several and Re4mond who had just
been established employed quite a
To-day look where you may and you
will find young women employed. They
have invaded 3 ary institution, com
mercial, industrial, political, profes
sional and even arts and sciences. In
fact they outnumber men in all phases
of activity. The women have centain
ly responded nobly and Woman's En
terprise expects before long to see a
woman fill a political position and feels
certain she will discharge the duties
thereof fully as well, if not better, than
many professional office holders. Wait
and be convinced, oh, you men!
The Woman's Enterprise is the most
readable paper ever published in Bat
on Rouge.
Property to sell. If worth the
money, we can make it move.
The right price and the right
terms will sell anything. See
us for anything pertaining to
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A new Pathe serial, "Pirate Gold,'' i
is to be the attraction at the Louis
iana Theatre on Saturday of each
week astil the completion of the ten
ohapters of romance and adventure
in which George B. Seitz plays the
heroic role. Marguerite Courtot, noted
for her beauty and ,n actress of long
experience, is the leading lady.
"Pirate Gold" is said to be an ex
cellent example of the new style of
episode play known in motion picture
circles as-"the Seitz Serial." For MIr.
Seitz in addition to starring in the pic
ture also produced and directed it.
He began as a scenario writer and
when later he branched out into pro
duction and direction he cast aside the
conventional serial form, with its suc
cession of death-defying stunts, for
a type of play having the characteriz
ation asd situation of the straight
drama to hold together the thrill
scenes he incorporates in his pictures.
Mr. Seitz made his first appearance
as a star in "Bound and Gagged."
This serial, in ten episodes, was one
f the most popular Pathe has ever
presented and the rich vein of humor
vhich ran through it was hailed with
rlight by the devotees of the episode
plays. "Pirate Gold" also shows Seitz
1s a seeker after romance and ad
: enture and he finds it sot far from
':is home town, a village near New
York. It relates the stirring tale of
in up-to-date Captain Kidd treasure,
which lies in a harhor on the Atlantic
coast. Naturally there are pirates
who covet the treasure, but this dash
ing hero gives them a thrilling run
and manages to win out in the end.
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