Margaret Sanger, "Two Sisters," Apr 1914.
Published article. Source: The Woman Rebel, Vol. 1, No. 2, Apr. 1914 , 11 , Margaret Sanger Microfilm C16:0525 .
Two sisters--daughters of a policeman--only two years apart in age; one worked six years in one place for six dollars a week; was content and happy, day in and day out, year in and year out, until the end of six years she received eight dollars--she was content, obedient and happy, giving no trouble--the other, two years her junior, was never satisfied--could not get along with her boss--often out of work--had strong desires--consequently stole things she wanted--and lands in the House of Correction.
Progress depends on the individual with strong desires--on the individual who is not satisfied. Woman's freedom depends on the woman with strong desires, who is not content with anything less than her complete emancipation. But she will fight and continue to fight and not sit with folded hands and be satisfied with half-way measures. The junior daughter was by far in my estimation a superior individual to the slave, the "job-minded" sister.
The tragedy of this little story is not the slave, who is happy to work for six years for $6 a week to enrich a master.
Not the prostitute who sells her body for the "good things of life" but Society, in its stupidity and ignorance which refuses to recognize in the one, an individuality, but instead sends her to an institution especially equipped by brute creatures to break that splendid spirit; to degrade the girl; to humiliate her.
The Reformatory establishes laws to make of her a sneak, a coward and a traitor to her class and aims to reform her by means of a scrubbing brush and a club.
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