Margaret Sanger, "On Picket Duty," Mar 1914.

Published article. Source: The Woman Rebel, Vol. 1, No. 1, Mar. 1914, 3 , Margaret Sanger Microfilm C16:0517 .



1,606,288 Domestics

10,941 Cap makers

122,405 Women's clothing workers

186,570 Sales women

150,548 Stenographers

419,634 Washwomen

22,735,041 Miscellaneous

want to change places with Rheta Childe Dorr, who wants the "right to work."

Who was that dainty feminist who informed the public that as soon as women got the vote, they would make the laws for working women and children?--How hopeful! Not that children should be taken from the factories and put into schools and playgrounds! That would be getting off their little crooked backs. But ever willing to color it a little and to trim it a bit they will accomplish all that was ever intended to do with their vote.

The Rebel Women claim:
The Right to be lazy.
The Right to be an unmarried mother.
The Right to destroy.
The Right to create.
The Right to love.
The Right to live.

Henrietta Rodman, well known in radical circles, came into prominence among them, because of her brave defense of the relations of George Eliot and Henry Lewes.

Henrietta, as one of the speakers at the first meeting held at Cooper Union, N. Y. C. , went out of her way to let us know that she did not stand for free love--she left that to the Anarchists.

Now what was the trouble, Henrietta? Surely no one ever doubted your virtue!

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