Lady McDuff, best hen in the world
Mrs. John Martin, a leader of the New York State Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage, warned in a speech last night of the peril to humankind if it becomes common for the “best” women to work outside the home. As reported by the New-York Tribune:
Fable of the Best Hens
When a smart young man receives a big salary it is a good thing for the race. He can marry and transmit his smartness to posterity. When a young woman receives a big salary it means disaster for the race, and the wiser, handsomer, more efficient the woman is to-day the more likely she is to have a salary instead of a husband. You couldn’t run a chicken farm on those principles. Suppose you took all the best hens and set them aside to go to college or run a feather factory for the other hens. It’s a tragedy!
It has taken the race millions of years to produce the high salaried women of to-day, and now those qualities are allowed to perish. The spark carried through the centuries is snuffed out by a salary!
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There was woman named Nancy Hanks, who swept her dirt floor with a home-made broom, cooked over her open fire, and made a home in a hovel. To-day the Nancy Hankses are $5,000 buyers in department stores, and the output of Abraham Lincolns is curiously scant.