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suffrage in New York, with Mrs. H.P. Belmont and all kinds of people leading parades in the '20s. It was a terrifically important and greatly discussed issue: whether women should have suffrage, have jobs, should they have equal pay for equal jobs. We still haven't got that.

I was all for being independent. I think that was largely a reaction to my father, who was very penurious and would make a big fuss with my mother about expenditures, small amounts of money for things that gave her pleasure, like hats or some small thing for the house. And this would infuriate me, so that I decided that never, but never would this happen to me. When I was at college I remember coming home and telling them that it was so cold that I had to have a fur coat, and I didn't mean a mink or sable, and he said, “You want a fur coat?” And I said, “Yes, I really need it.” And he said, “Why don't you were long underwear?” Well, this absolutely enraged me! So I decided that never would I let any man speak to me like that, and that I would earn my own money and never have any such reply to me on any subject in connection with money. And, indeed, I haven't had for a long time, because Albert Lasker's idea was that women should have independence and also be given everything in addition. They should do anything they want, earn money, and then you should give them everything as well, including anything, whatever it was other women had. So I got it every way. He said that my money was his money and his money was my money, but he looked after all of the money in the and when I agreed that that was

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