The Pittsburgh Press (August 12, 1944)
Plenty of women grateful for rights
To the editor: Maybe I’m wrong, but after reading Miss Booker’s letter in The Press of Aug. 8, I am of the conclusion that she is confused as to the morals of women who spend their time in barrooms, women’s rights and what our laws and traditions mean to an American.
I am a wife and mother, and according to the notions set down in her letter, just because I maybe would get the far-fetched idea that I was not classed on as high a level as a man, I’d hurry to the nearest bar and drown my sorrows by getting disgustingly drunk and leave my children to shift for themselves. For this disgraceful action on my part, I’d be entirely responsible myself. If my morale was so low that I’d do these things, a few laws and traditions would not help me.
Miss Booker also suggests we do away with our so-called old-fashioned laws and traditions after the war. Might I ask, and justly, what are we fighting for if not to preserve those ideals which have held up for so many hundreds of years for those who care enough to follow them?
If the records of the women of this country are checked, it will be found that the greatest majority of women and mothers put their families first and even above themselves. There are good and bad in everything, and these poor, hapless women, as they are called, could help themselves so much by not trying to tear down and destroy the very laws that have been the salvation of the female sex.
When we have to start rewriting the Constitution to give more rights to the few women who would probably abuse those privileges when they got them, then it’s time to quit fighting as, after all, why have the fathers of these selfsame children gone from their homes? To protect them and their rights, male or female, for the future!
There are plenty of rights for women who care to look around and see them. When a woman changes her name, she knows what she is doing and does it willingly. Would Miss Booker prefer the man to take the woman’s name after marriage? The laws of God and man are supposed to govern marriages, but there have to be a lot of sacrifices and privations for a mother and father both. People going into an arrangement of marriage do not stop to consider just what rights the Constitution gives them toward running a family. It’s a good thing Martha Washington and Abe Lincoln’s wife didn’t neglect their families, or where would we be now?
Oh, no, there are plenty of us women who are grateful for the many rights and privileges we have that no other women on earth even hope to have. So, before people get too hysterical over the poor, misguided souls who are drowning their sorrows in barrooms, just give a thought to the millions of women who are trying to set a standard and keep it high enough so we can hold our heads up and face the world unashamed.
Kobuta Homes, Monaca