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Armstrong, Margaret (ed.) / The Wisconsin magazine
Volume XI, Number 6 (March 1914)

Oehler, Sidney
The feminist movement,   pp. nine-twelve


Page nine


THE WISCONSIN MAGAZINE                               NINE
Mamie earnestly if not eloquently. "Give
me a glim as to what the fix is 'n we'll see
if we c'n fix it up."
  The girl raised her head and Mamie
noticed with alarm that her cheeks were
flushed, and her eyes unnaturally bright.
"Nothin' easier to explain," she said with
sarcastic bitterness. -"Come to work in
the city two months ago, hated it all the
time; lost my job last week 'n got sick
looking for new one. Takes two dollars to
get home 'n I got four cents to my name."
  The mention of the two dollars made
Mamie wince. It brought to her mind the
dimes and quarters to a little over that
amount lying in her purse in the other
room; it also called up the vision of the
La Valliere, scintillating, beautiful. Ma-
mie did not, however, go through any elab-
,orate process of resolve and vacillation such
as many novelists delight in describing.
Her sacrifice was almost instantaneous.
  "Aw, say kiddo, nothin' easier in the
world," said Mamie with an assumption of
cheerfulness speaking well for her histrionic
ability. "Why, I got two bucks I was jus'
gona sink in the bank. What with the candy,
flowers, and shows what my fellow stakes
me to I don't have no way a spendin' the
swell sal'ry I'm gettin' now as first assist-
ant in leather goods!" Mamie fabricated
cleverly, secure in the greenness of her list-
ener and the deceiving power of her own
cheaply stylish, citified, appearance.
   The girl, as Mamie phrased it, "fell for
 her line 'a gab." Gratefully clasping her
 benefactress' hand she dropped back upon
 the pillow is if a great burden had been
removed from her. "You're a peach 'n' I'll
pay you back soon's ever I get home,"
was all she could say. .
  Mamie pulled the comforter over the
girl's relaxed figure and admonished her
to get a good sleep in order to be fresh
for the morning's journey. Softly shutting
the door she went into her own room and
resumed the renovation of the crepe de
chien. Two tears just escaped, spotting the
silk, but Mamie was smiling, nevertheless.
             *   *   *   *
     The Feminist Movement
             Sidney Oehler '15
         Movement which     would  have
   A     been mercilessly ridiculed sixty
          years ago is the one agitated
          by the feminists. The interest
in it varies from that of people who demand
absolute freedom for women at the expense
of all else to the antagonism of those who
hold up "women's sphere" as a holy and
indestructible institution. Even the most
unconcerned are now being forced to con-
sider this question, for it is a leading topic
for conversation and nearly every paper
and magazine has some opinion to express
on the matter.
  In a recent number of the Atlantic
Monthly Mr. George has written a very
radical article on "Feminist Intentions."
He holds that the complete emancipation of
woman should be obtained at the expense
of everything, even the sacredness of mar-
riage vows and the home as an institution
THE WISCONSIN MAGAZINE
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