Tuesday, January 1, 2013

1913 - Women Vote but Still Want a Man to Care for Them

The Washington Herald
January 1, 1913

WILL VOTE AS HUSBAND DO
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Suffragist Says Women Voters Will
Follow Advice of Helpmeets.
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WOMEN STILL FEMININE
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They Often Remain Single Because 
They Don't Find Right Man.
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In the opinion of Mrs. E.V. Spencer, of California, who is "sixty-five and has been an active suffragist since the age of fifteen," the women of the United States who have embraced suffragism will cast their votes according to the advice of their husbands, after all.  It is also her opinion that most of the women of the country are not in favor of equal Panama Canal tolls for United States and British ships.

Mrs. Spencer, who is visiting her daughter, Mrs. John E. Raker, wife of Representative Raker of California, at the Congress Hall Hotel, is one of the oldest suffrage workers in the country. She it was, who, with her husband, then a member of the California general assembly, led the unsuccessful fight for equal franchise, and who later took up the cudgels again and led her sisters to victory.

She is not connected with the suffragist movement.  It is not the opinion of Mrs. Spencer that suffragism will ever destroy femininity.

Don't Want Trousers.

"I have always stood for the equal ballot." says Mrs. Spence, "But that is no sign I want to displace the men. I have never wanted to take over their work.  I have never wanted to pitch hay, or run an engine, or even to wear trousers.  If I had wanted to I should have done so, for there is no law against it.  We suffragists do not want to take the men's jobs any more than the men want to stay at home and wash dishes and sweep.  There are now over 6,000,000 women in the United States earning their own living at the bar, in the practice of medicine, and in other ways.  But it is not because they want to.  It is merely because they have not found a man to take care of them.  I don't think that the women are getting more masculine at all.  They are just becoming more particular.  They are not willing to take any man who comes along for the home he may be able to give them."

Mrs. Spencer feels that the women of this country were pretty equally divided on the Presidency.  Wilson, Roosevelt, and Taft had their supporters among the fairer and weaker sex in about equal proportions, according to her observation of conditions all over the United States.

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