Are Women People?
Anyway back to Alice Duer Miller. In 1916 she published a fabulous series of satirical poems under the title "Are Women People?". (Which along with 38000 other books you can download for free from the wonderful Project Gutenberg.)
Sorry I'm feeling this is a very disjointed post. What I really want to do is introduce you to Alice Duer Miller's poems so like me you can marvel at how, almost 100 years later, current they feel. Here is just a taste:
Father, what is a Legislature?
A representative body elected by the people of the state.
Are women people?
No, my son, criminals, lunatics and women are not people.
Do legislators legislate for nothing?
Oh, no; they are paid a salary.
By the people.
Are women people?
Of course, my son, just as much as men are.
Our Idea of Nothing at All
("I am opposed to woman suffrage, but I am not opposed to woman."—Anti-suffrage speech of Mr. Webb of North Carolina.)
O women, have you heard the news
Of charity and grace?
Look, look, how joy and gratitude
Are beaming in my face!
For Mr. Webb is not opposed
To woman in her place!
O Mr. Webb, how kind you are
To let us live at all,
To let us light the kitchen range
And tidy up the hall;
To tolerate the female sex
In spite of Adam's fall.
O girls, suppose that Mr. Webb
Should alter his decree!
Suppose he were opposed to us—
Opposed to you and me.
What would be left for us to do—
Except to cease to be?
But Then Who Cares for Figures
An argument sometimes used against paying women as highly as men for the same work is that women are only temporarily in industry.
Forty-four per cent of the women teachers in the public schools of New York have been more than ten years in the service, while only twenty-six per cent of the men teachers have served as long.
The Bundesrath of Germany has decided to furnish medical and financial assistance to women at the time of childbirth, in order "to alleviate the anxiety of husbands at the front."
How strange this would sound: "The Bundesrath has decided to furnish medical assistance to the wounded at the front, in order to alleviate the anxiety of wives and mothers at home."
When a benefit is suggested for men, the question asked is: "Will it benefit men?"
When a benefit is suggested for women, the question is: "Will it benefit men?"
Ok I really have to stop now-- but there are lots more.