Margaret Sanger, "Amusement," Apr 1914.
Published article. Source: The Woman Rebel, Vol. 1, No. 2, Apr. 1914, 11 , Margaret Sanger Microfilm C16:0525 .
The attitude of those fashionable ladies who are working for the suffrage "cause" has been revealed in a letter written to one of the daily papers by a bewildered suffragist--who happens to be a working woman. How deeply the American suffragists concern themselves with the wrongs and the problems of the millions of women workers is strikingly shown in these lines from "a working suffragist's" letter:
"Here the leader is a fighter, I am assured. This appeals to me, warms me up, makes me feel that here things other than leaders' speeches may happen--but I find that working-women are not encouraged, since they have no money to give, no time to work. Then the rich women, the women who hold meetings in expensive hotels for other rich women--I wonder, can they teach me anything, and I find they can--a holy horror of them and their unspeakable patronage of the worker of any grade."
"They talk about us, they pity us, they talk for the papers about us, they take up a collection for us."
"Gold bags clatter, the mass of furs and feathers heaves--they tremble with the thought of the great things they are going to do for us, the workers, and the collection amounts to $35, not enough to buy one hat as handsome as the one the presiding genius is wearing. Poor workers, your hope is not to be realized here. They are not in earnest, they are amusing themselves; they are enjoying a new sensation which you, your needs, your struggles and your hopes provide. How does it affect me and thousands like me?"
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