Quotation by Elizabeth M. Gilmer

Men will say that in supporting their wives, in furnishing them with houses and food and clothes, they are giving the women as much money as they could ever hope to earn by any other profession. I grant it; but between the independent wage-earner and the one who is given his keep for his services is the difference between the free-born and the chattel.
Elizabeth M. Gilmer (1861–1951), U.S. author. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 5, ch. 3, by Ida Husted Harper (1922).

From an address entitled "The Woman with the Broom," delivered in March 1903 at the thirty-fifth annual convention of the National Woman Studies Association.
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