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What Eight Million Women Want

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Published: 1910
Language: English
Wordcount: 55,914 / 173 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 58.8
LoC Category: HQ
Downloads: 684
Added to site: 2005.06.29
mnybks.net#: 10657
Origin: gutenberg.org
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scantily furnished with a few personal preferences and personal prejudices, were entirely bare of community ideals or any social theory. When they found themselves in need of a social theory it was only natural that they should choose the most modern, the most progressive, the most idealistic. They made their choice unconsciously, and they began the application of their new-found theory almost automatically. The machinery they employed was the long derided, misconceived, and unappreciated Women's Club.


CHAPTER II

FROM CULTURE CLUBS TO SOCIAL SERVICE

Unless you have lived in a live town in the Middle West--say in Michigan, or Indiana, or Nebraska--you cannot have a very adequate idea of how ugly, and dirty, and neglected, and disreputable a town can be when nobody loves it. The railway station is a long, low, rakish thing of boards, painted a muddy maroon color. Around it is a stretch of bare ground strewn with ashes. Beyond lies the main street, with some goo

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Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
2008.01.17
Greg Homer
****.

A charming trip to a by-gone era (1910), when the needs of women were not quite as profound or complex as they seem to be today.

Mrs. Childe-Dorr (what an ironic name, eh?) sent out a brief questionaire to an astounding 10 million American women over the course of three years. She received back 8 million responses. The questionaire merely stated; 'What do you want?' The answers may surprise you. The top five answers to the question 'What do you want?':

5. A new butter churn
4. A bolt of calico fabric
3. New boots for children
2. Modern plow for husband
1. Larger, perkier breasts


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