Author: Breckinridge, S. P.
Article Title: Political Equality for Women and Women's Wages
Journal: Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Date & Volume No. of Publication: Volume 56. November 1, 1914. Pages 122-133.
Annotation: Using statistics from recent labor reports, Breckinridge delineates the different kinds of employment available to women and claims that with the lack of political equality comes a "double-underpayment" of women workers. With women's wages artificially low, the results are catastrophic for children as well as for male workers. With political equality, new kinds of jobs could be created - jobs not even imagined at the time because of the bias against women and women's work. "As the sewing machine and the needle are alike useful only to those persons who see the finished garment in relation to the cloth, so the ballot as an instrument can only aid -- it cannot serve as a substitute for the plan already formulated." This scholarly argument for woman suffrage could easily be made again today in the face of continued inequities in women's wages and underrepresentation in electoral political office.
Type of Source: Primary