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Professor Scott of Northwestern on Women (1907)

(The Womans Tribune/March 30., 1907) When I was a boy I used to be told: “Now, John, when you get married marry some woman who will look up to you.” I went on that quest for some years but could not find what I wanted, so I began to look up, and have been looking up ever since. But that is not the reason of my belief in woman suffrage.

I have been a teacher for many years and I have found that the young women are being better educated than the young men. We never have any trouble about having women enough for the Phi Beta Kappa; there are usually ten or fifteen surplus; but it is hard to find men who can attain the degree.

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When woman comes to be an economic entity she becomes either a person without political rights or practically an economic slave. They have no way of speaking except through their employers, and that is exactly the condition of slaves in all ages.

When a woman works for half as much as a man because she is not represented. What is the result? I do not care for the argument that women with property should have a vote. Property will always be represented, and it does not so much matter whether rich women have a vote. But it is of immense importance that those who work should be represented. That they are not is a great menace to those who are nominally free, but who must compete with the slave.

Labor without representation is as vicious as taxation without representation.

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