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Adler, Philip A. (ed.) / Wisconsin literary magazine
Volume XVII, Number 4 (January 1918)

P. A. A.; M. K.
[Editorial],   pp. [unnumbered]-86

Page 86

tions are our only criterion. We make no discrimina-
tion as to sex, race, or class standing. Social prestige,
athletic brilliancy, or extremity of point of view play no
importanec whatsoever. The only requirements are:
a more than a priori ability to write and criticize written
work, intellectual honesty, and a community-spirit. For
those who possess these qualifications we have va-
cancies on the staff, and shall be glad to entrust them
with our literary standards and traditions.
P.A. A.
T      HE old order hath changed so often, that it has
become platitudinous even to mention the fact.
But now that suffrage has at last become almost a cer-
tainty, and now that we have woman conductors and
motormen and elevator "boys," isn't it delicious to
think of the days of Grandmother, when, to be a per-
fect lady, one had to be a clinging vine, or at least a
modest violet! Did you know that Grandmother had
to walk down the street with her hands folded across
her waist just so? That it was immodest, not to say
immoral, to let one's ears show? It is even claimed
that in marriage, husband and wife were really two
souls with but a single thought-and that one his; but
it hardly seems possible that the female of the species
can have changed her mode of behavior so radically,
in so short a time!
Yes, the change has come. And let us hope that
out of the new relationships which must follow, will
come a wonderful camaraderie in the world of affairs
a mutual respect, and a united striving for the Utopia
which we cannot altogether relinquish. Do women
as a whole realize the present opportunity for making
good? Our young men have left their professions for
the bigger, more immediate duty; more will follow; our
older men are consecrating much of their time, hitherto
sacred to Mammon, to a finer cause; and there is not
only room, but acute need, for women trained in every
conceivable business. A college girl who is willing
to devote some three months to a stenographic course,
can step into splendid secretarial positions, previously
filled by men. Big law offices, corporations, insurance
companies, industrial houses, all these can use her.
Positions as managers of departments in large firms
should become available for college graduates, if they
are ready for hard work. There is almost no limit to
possibilities at this time. Success should be waiting
with open arms for the determined young woman who
studies law, medicine, agriculture, pharmacology; or
who takes the commerce course, with an eye to big
January, 1918
Big things! There we have it! There is a
growing number of women who are exactly as am-
bitious as men; who would be no more satisfied with
marriage alone than would men. The doctrine which
Browning gives us for men, in his Meeting atFNighi
and Parting at Morning, is becoming the doctrine for
many women. In saying farewell, you remember, the
lover sees the sun rising over the sea; and says:
"And straight was the path of gold for him,
And the need of a world of men for me."
With higher education and the changing order,
women's needs have increased; for many of them a
placid domesticity, or teaching in country schools as
an alternative, is not enough for their eager minds.
They too, want a world of men and affairs. Of
course, there will always be a large percentage who
honestly prefer "home-making" as a profession. That
is all right, too. But to the keen, ambitious type who
wants something else, this hint: get a professional or
commercial training-and your own mentality, your
own ambition, alone limit the peaks that you may
-M. K.
T HE RED Domino and Twelfth Night dra-
matic societies feel that mountain-high ideals,
unsparing labor and conscientiousness, ought to pro-
duce pleasing results when combined with delightful
plays, new scenery and good talent. Edwin Booth
has also begun to wake up to the possibilities for worth-
while dramatic work in the University. The result is
something new in amateur theatricals that should make
people sit up and take notice.
The three organizations will present to the public a
senes of six productions in the form of Open Meet-
ings. The plays, largely one-acts, include many of
the most charming pieces from the repertoires of little
theaters all over the country. The clubs are putting
forth a supreme effort to present the best in acting, set-
tings, and lighting effects, and are confident of scoring
a success in University circles by proving that nothing
is too much to try, with enthusiasm, work and ability
for a backing.
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