43 Woman's J. & Suffrage News 1 (1912)

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Offcial Organ of the National A

'Vol. ixLn. u      No.


    There ire 2,000 women teach-
 ere  in  the   Boston   Public
   Thereare 60,000 girl-pupils in
 the Boston Public Schools.
   Thereare five. men and no
 woman or, the  present School
   yet every 'child ,needs the
 mother~ifl ice 4 all''as the
 father-iffluenceit well-rounded
 deveo pment Is to 'follw.
   And the nthetrs'and' women.:
   teachers can comeinto far more
   sympathetic. relations  With, a
 womanmeber o(f the School
 Committee 'than with anyrman,
 however admirable or able.,
   Numberfof women teachers in
   the service of the city of Boston,
   Number Of girl pupils In the
   public schools of Boston, 50,000-,
   Number. of    women   voters.
   (registered)' last year,' 11,269.
   Number of.'egistered women
   who used'their ballots, 5,630.
   Numb er , of women  voters
   (registerd) this year, 12,359.
   NumNbe of registered women
   who will use their'ballot, V
   Do yOu want-votes for wom-
   en? prove Nithis year by using
   the only political power you
   have to puo n    the  Boston
   School Board  a' woman who
   stands for the: fullest oppor.
   tunity and progress for women.


 The Boston Transcript (Editorial)
 In selectingMrs. Susan' W. Fitz-
 Gerald as its-representative the School
Voters' Leag ue'makes a 'trong bid for
publicfavor.  e Sli ts a wo * anof dis-
tiaguished pareiiage, 'of brilliant nat-
ural gifts, educated in one of the best

successful a mDst rtm    Peraps in
the whole city in either sex it would
be difficult to find anyone with a re-
cord that promised more for the ad-
vantage of the schools in Boston.
     Practical Politics (Dec. 16)
  Mrs. Susan W. FitzGerald is gain-
  ing ground every day. The attacks
  upon her candidacy have been unwise
  and apparently malicious. They come
  from an element In the community
  which, posing as the better element,
  will resort to methods that no self-
  respecting  politician  would  adopt.
  Their attempts to injure Mrs. FitzGer-
  aid by denouncing her as the mayor's
  candidate come  with  remarkable
  nerve from people who begged the
  mayor to endorse Mr. Brock and Mr.
  Lee as part of his slate.
  They are talking of driving the
  school teachers 'out of politics be-
  cause some of the school teachers are
  using their rights and doing what
  they can to elect Mrs. FitzGerald. As
  long as the male and female teachers
  and higher-up oicials confine their
  political efforts to boosting the slate
  of the P. S. A. no complaint is made:
  It is only when the teachers venture
  to Oppose that they are threatened
  with condign punishment.
         Jamaica' Plain News
   If those who :believe that women
   should be represented on the school
   board will unite on Mrs. FitzGerald,
   she will win,  They should forget
   their prejudices, against certain or-
   ganizations and, their preferences for
   certain organizations, and    they
   should bear. in mind one fact.. Mrs.
   FitzGerald is the only woman now
   running for the Boston school board.
   If she is not elected this year, there
   )a not a chance in ton that any woman
   will be electjd  for several years. This
   is the opportune time.
        Boston Journal (0ee. 21)
    The feature of this year's registra-
  tion has been the' interest shown by
  the women, who have registered in-
  larger numbers than at any time since
  Mrs. Julia A.Duff ran' for the School
  Board. Last year the total registration(
  of wof n   wA Ws 11,2.9; This year it
  showed 12,369 ,when ,the election Col-
  missioners shutuprshop. As the fig-
  rea of registrations'have been drop-
  ping about a thousand a year, these
  figures show aireal gain.
         (Continued on Page 2.)

Y, JANUARY 6,1912                                              FIVE CENTS

Susan Walker FitzGerald, Candid

for the Boston School Board, is


Five Reasons for Electing Susan Walker FitzOerald
       MRS. FITZGERALD is of good old New England stock
       BUT she Is Just as much interested In the children of the latest immigrant as in any other Boston
       MRS. FITZGERALD is a g, aduate of Bryn Mawr College. and so has herself received the best oduoa.'
   ticnal equipment our country his to offer,
       BUT she Is democratic to tie core and beteves.that any girl should be able to obtain In our Boston
   Public Schools an adequate education for life.
       MRS. FITZGERALD is the daughter of Admiral Walker, and so might have led the life of any society,
   girl,                                                    nv/:lce/r:u~t.i           n dmrs te!:
       BUT she has always believed that It is a woman's duty and privilege to do actual work amon   .the
   world's workers, and she has done regular professional work ever since her student-life ended-
       MRS. FITZGERALD Is not only a happy wife and the joyful mother of three sturdy children
       BUT she has demonstrated her faith In the schools she hopes to serve by committing to their care her'
   two young daughters of school age
       MRS,. F    a     Dhaer s wo rdlong andevtedlyfor young people, not only in New York, as a tr u
       woMsgFITZGERALD has workedlnaddeOe,.                    .   .-.
    ant-officer and settlement-worker,
       BUTIn Boston aiso. For over ayea, ar secreetary of the School Voters' League, she has studied Ithe
   schools with very great care and attended all the meeting$ of the school Committee,

  Susan Walker FitzGerald, candidate, and this was followed by three years
of the  School Voters' League   foras head of Fiske Hail in Barnard Col-
school committee, was born in Cam- lege, New York, and three years as
bridge Mass., May 9, 1871; daughter bead worker of the Richmond Hill
of the late John Grimes Walker, ad- settlement house, New York. Later,
intral In the United States Navy. She as a member of the Child Labor Com-
recelved her elementary education In mlttee in New York, abs was actively
Salem, Boston and Washington, grad- responsible for the passage of laws
uating from  Bryn Mawr College, Pa,. restricting the enIployment of chil-
in 1893. '                          dren and providing  for compulsory
  The following year she became sec- education until a certain age.  In
  retary to the President of Bryn Mawr, order that the working of these laws

might receive a ,thorough tesMs
FitzGerald was appointed a truant, O'-
ficer and served for ones year., ,,
  Mrs. FitzGerald is secretary ofthe
Massachusetts Woman Suffrage ,Aso
elation and a member of the Bard
of the National Suffrage ..8atsoJ
Last year she was secretary   ft
School Voters' League, and asIsuch
made a close study of the schOol sit.

       (Continued on Page )2.).

  Such re-organization as shall
  free the members of the School
  Committee from petty and per-
  functory details, that their time
  may be fully given to the Im-
  portant matters of administra.
  tion and of educational policy.
  Special and complete study of
  sohooi expenditures, with a view
  towards the possibility of check-
  ing if not curtailing the growth
  of supervisory expenses.
  Recognition on the part of the
  committee  of the democratic
  nature of a public school sys-
  tem. The necessity for estab.
  lishing some recognized channel
  through which the public and
  teaching force can register their
  views on new school policies or
  proposed changes of policy In
  advance of action of the School
  Committee authorities.
    Prompt action on the salary
    Professional opportunities for
  women equal to those for men.
    Careful study of the educa-
  tional and financial effect of the
  abolition of the ninth grade.
    Establishment of a system by
  which supervisory appointments
  shall be made solely for educa-
  tional fitness or for constructive
  supervisory ability.


You Should Vote for a Woman as
  Member of the School Board-What
  Some   Prominent People Say    of
  Susan Walker FitzGerald
     Professor Charles Zueblin

  The excellent public servants seek-
ing re-election to the Boston School
Committee have unfortunately stulti-
fied themselves   by  staking  their
honor on the retention of a superin-
tendent who does not know how to
treat women, and by claiming to ac-
cept the nomination only as a last
resort, although no effort was made
to put in a woman, without whom any
School Committee is an anomaly.
Mrs. Fitzgerald furnishes the oppor-
tunity to prove that Boston citizens
care more for children than for mas-
culine vanity.
                   Charles Zueblin.

          E. N. Clemen t
 1 believe  that Mrs. FitzGerald
should be on our next .School Board
o redress the obvious Incompleteness
and one-sidedness of an administra.
Lion of the public schools which is
without direct representation and
participation of the women of the
community; and this, apparently, not
by accident, but by design and man-
agement, as if to establish their ex-
clusion as a policy.
                  E. H. Clement.
  I hope that Mrs. FitzGerald will be
elected as member of the School
Committee on the ground that a worn- 'A
an is essential on the Committee to
attend to the beat Interests of the
children and of the teachers, and also
because she Is herself eslieeially fitted
for the position.
                May Shlestager.
          Edwin O. Mead
  I believe that .Mrs- FJzGerad
should be elected to the school Com.-
mittee because I believe in the partil-
pation of women in our political life,'
and especially in 9ur municipa! h ue-
keeping. Clear common sense.d o0W
tated the admission of women Ato:
school suffrage, even when :their u-.
frage in other fields ,has been pSa
poned, It demands their representa-
tion upon our SchoOl Boards. MalH
of our Boston. school Chlldren are
girls and four-fifthaof Our'tebue,
women, Yet for yeas we haveh.ba
no woman on the Board, Last y.ar
assurance was given that a Woina.
candidate would be weloomed ad4
supported by the proisTre or.-
sations.  A good woman, 1      bee
nominated. All the progresssive forel.
should unite to elect her,
           (  :  Be d w in D , P g e a ,

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