Quotation by Crystal Eastman

... it must be obvious that in the agitation preceding the enactment of [protective] laws the zeal of the reformers would be second to the zeal of the highly paid night-workers who are anxious to hold their trade against an invasion of skilled women. To this sort of interference with her working life the modern woman can have but one attitude: I am not a child.
Crystal Eastman (1881–1928), U.S. social/political activist and author. "Equality or Protection," Equal Rights (March 15, 1924). On Women and Revolution, part 1 (1978).

Eastman was referring to "protective" labor laws that limited women's ability to work; they prohibited, for instance, women's working at certain hours or performing certain types of work.
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