...The women have been an enormous factor in the Paterson strike.
Each meeting for them has been attended by bigger and bigger crowds. They are becoming
deeply interested in the questions of the hour that are confronting women and are rapidly
developing the sentiments that go to make up the great feminist movement of the world.
With them it is not a question of equal suffrage but of economic
freedom. The women are ready to assume their share of the responsibility, on the picket
line, in jail, even to the extent of sending their children away. Hundreds of children
already have found good homes with their "strike parents" in New York.
The Mother in Jail.
Among the strikers gathered in by the police was a woman with a
nursing baby. She was fined $10 and costs with the alternative of 20 days in jail. She was
locked up, but the baby was not allowed to go with her. In twenty-four hours the
mothers breasts were filled to bursting, but the baby on the outside was starving.
He refused to take any other form of food. In a few more hours the condition of both
mother and baby was dangerous, and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn went to see Recorder Carroll
about the case. She told him unless the baby was allowed to have its mother it would soon
die. Recorder Carrolls reply was as follows:
"Thats None of My Business."