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Cohen and someone else. They invited me to a meeting occasionally.
I went and saw more of the union. I was beginning to
ask, “Why don't women belong to these unions?”
They said, “Women don't belong because they don't want to.”
But I became more and more convinced that the women
were the most exploited in this whole industrial picture.
Whatever the men got, they got lower - in wages, in types of
work, in privileges, in opportunities for employment. They
just had no place at all. They were very poor, therefore, and
had very little opportunity.
I knew by then a little about the subject. From my
own reading I recognized the fact that I knew so little about
the whole field of social work that I'd better make some wise
contacts. I made some contacts with Mary Richmond, who was then
head of the Philadelphia Charity Organization Society, Miss
Hannah Fox, Miss Helen Paddock and a few of the other standbys
there. Miss Richmond said, “Why don't you go out to the
university and take some courses in economics and sociology?”
I said, “Would they let me in?”
She said she thought so. I made an application and
went to the Wharton School of Economics under Simon Nelson
Patten, Henry Mussy and some of the other people there.
I just lapped it up there. It was Patten who said to me,
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