The Long Day: The Story of a New York Working Girl, as Told by Herself

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Century Company, 1905 - Women - 303 pages
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Page 285 - What the working girl needs is a cheap hotel or a system of hotels — for she needs a great many of them — designed something after the Mills Hotels for working-men. She also needs a system of wellregulated lodging-houses, such as are scattered all over the city for the benefit of men. My experience of the working girls' home in which I lived for many weeks, and from my observation and inquiries regarding a number of similar
Page 277 - send annually a large consignment of delinquents to their various and logical destinations. It is rare indeed that one finds a female delinquent who has not been in the beginning a working girl. For, sad and terrible though it be, the truth is that the majority of
Page 71 - We worked steadily, and as the hours dragged on I began to grow dead tired. The awful noise and confusion, the terrific heat, the foul smell of the glue, and the agony of breaking ankles and blistered hands seemed almost unendurable. At last the hour-hand stood at twelve, and suddenly, out of the turmoil, a strange quiet fell over the great mill. The vibrations that had shaken the whole structure to its very foundations now gradually subsided; the wheels stayed their endless revolutions; the flying...
Page 63 - And with that injunction the little old maid hopped away, leaving me to the scrutiny and cross-questioning of a rather pretty woman of twenty-eight or thirty. " Ever worked in a factory before ? " she began, with lofty indifference, as if it did n't matter whether I had or had not. " No." " Where did you work ? " " I never worked any place before.
Page 85 - Crusoe," but they did not know it was the name of an entrancing romance. Little Women, John Halifax, Gentleman, The Cloister and the Hearth, Les Miserables, were also unknown, unheard-of literary treasures. They were equally ignorant of the existence of the conventional Sunday-school romance. They stared at me in amazement when I rattled off a heterogeneous assortment from the fecund pens of Mrs. ADT Whitney, "Pansy,
Page 300 - ... her life as a worker, Dorothy Richardson deplored the maudlin yellowback novels that dominated the reading habits of working women at the turn of the century and pleaded for the wide dissemination of better literature: Only, please, Mr. or Mrs. Philanthropist, don't let it be Shakespeare, or Ruskin, or Walter Pater. Philanthropists have tried before to reform degraded literary tastes with heroic treatment, and they have failed every time. That is sometimes the trouble with the college settlement...
Page 286 - A clean room and three wholesomely cooked meals a day can be furnished to working girls at a price such as would make it possible for them to live honestly on the small wages of the factory or store. We do not ask for luxuries or dainties. In the model lodging house there should be perfect liberty of conduct and action on the part of the guests, who will not be "inmates" in any sense of the word, so long as the conventions of ordinary social life are complied with.
Page 288 - Such guests should have perfect liberty to come and go when they please at any hour of the day or night; be permitted to see any person they choose to have come, without question or challenge, so long as the conventions of ordinary social life are complied with. Such an institution conducted...
Page 292 - In the days when I could see no silver lining to the clouds, I tried going to a Protestant church, but I recognized very shortly the alienation between it and me. Personally, I do not like to attend Salvation meetings or listen to the mission evangelists. So I ceased any pretension of going to church, thus allying myself with that great aggregation of non-churchgoing Protestant working-women who have been forced into a resentful attitude against that which we should love and support. It is encouraging,...

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