Margaret Sanger, " [Short Pieces from the March 1914 "The Woman Rebel"] ," Mar 1914.
Published article. Source: The Woman Rebel, Vol. 1, No. 1, Mar. 1914, 8 , Margaret Sanger Microfilm C16:0522 .
On another page of this paper space will be devoted to the actions and views of the women of all ages in all walks of life who have rebelled against oppression and who have fought for their individual freedom and the emancipation of their sex.
It will be my pleasure to resurrect their deeds or words and herald them forth for the woman of to-day as examples of women who dared to speak and act in times and under circumstances compared to which even the most outspoken women of to-day seems quite mild.
A striking comparison of the spirit of a working woman and that of our middle class curiosity seekers was vividly shown at the time of the arrest of the 190 unemployed.
Gussie Miller, a working girl interested in the unemployed because she belonged to them--to their class--refused to be left out of the wholesale arrests for the reason she was a woman. She insisted that if her fellow workers were to be arrested because they were hungry and wanted shelter--she being in the same condition--must share their fate.
Another woman--a well know suffragist, also in the church at the same time--was careful to avoid being classed with the down and outs and quickly slipped out of the church when she saw what was going to happen.
Gussie Miller is the type who can be depended upon in the class struggle--the Rebel type.
All those interested in the ideas advocated by the WOMAN REBEL, who are willing to help us spread the propaganda towards achieving the freedom of woman, can help materially by forming groups for the circulation of the paper in all industrial centres, large or small. We shall be glad to hear from any desirous of taking up this work.
To look the whole world in the face with a go-to-hell look in the eyes; to have an ideal; to speak and act in defiance of convention.
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