When Human Welfare is Con-
idered, Woman Suffrage
Becomes Certainty, He Says.
Clifford Pinchot has come out strongly
for woman suffrage, and on somewhat
novel grounds. He writes in the Penn-
sylvania Suffrage News:--
"To my mind the distinguishing fact
in the menial attitude of our time is the
relatively tremendous weight we say on
general human welfare. This disposition
to accept the health, happiness, and suc-
cess of men and women in the mass as
the criterion and touchstone of civilization is comparatively new. It seems to
me well within the bounds of truth to
say that it has made more progress with-
in the United States in the last twelve
months than in the. twelve proceeding
years, and the advance in the next de-
cade bids fair to be only less striking.
"The moment the effective political
units in any commonwealth begin to
measure national success by human wel-
fare, not merely as an intellectual pro-
position but as a practical basis for con-
crete action, that moment the equal
participation of women in government
becomes a. certainty. The reason is
simple. Women as a whole have a
larger stake in human welfare than men
for they are the mothers. They bear
the heavier share of the burden. Their
lives and their rights are more sacred
than those of men.
"Women and children first is no mean-
inless [sic.] phrase, and represents no accidental custom. It rests on the obvious
truth that the future is more important
to the race than the present, and that
in times of peril those who prepare or
embody the future are best worth saving.
"Equal suffrage is coming, as it ought
to come, for the good and sufficient reason that the welfare or the race and to
its future, the work and point of view
of the women is
more important than
the work and point of view of the
men?"' --The Woman's Journal.
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