Mother and Son_ No Relation Whatever!

Mother and Son: No Relation Whatever!

A mother has been judged in New York as not next of kin to her own son. A case in hand was a young man killed in an accident. The father brought a suit and would have been adjudged damages, but he died and the mother could not collect damages, as by law she is not “next of kin” to her own son!

This is one of the California laws that suffragists say is a relic of slavery days and should be erased from the statute books: “Every minor of the age of fourteen years or upwards may be bound by indenture as an apprentice to any mechanical trade or art or the occupation of farming to the age of eighteen, if a female, or to the age of twenty-one years, if a male.”

This law, in connection with a law which gives to fathers the sole right to all the money earned by minor children, makes a certain type of slavery among minors possible. The suffragists maintain that there is no other means equal to voting for learning the weakness of California laws and therefore helping in the elimination of worthless laws and dangerous laws.

Source: The Western Woman Voter, September 1911

This item, and others like it, can be found in Accessible Archive’s Women’s Suffrage Collection. We can provide access to fully searchable newspapers by and for women including The Lily (1849-1856), National Citizen and Ballot Box (1878-1881), The Revolution (1868-1872), The New Citizen (1909-1912), The Western Woman Voter (1911-1913), and the antisuffrage newspaper, The Remonstrance (1890-1913).

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