|The silent partner toils in the home,
whether to cook the dinners or direct little feet and hands. Her heart is in the work.
Faithfulness and devotion are hers. At the end of her monotonous round of days' doings she
prepares to welcome in the eventide the battle-scarred veteran of the outer life. She
opens the door with a smile. That smile is an important part of her program. She leads him
to the dinner that she has prepared; he eats with a right good relish, for he likes to be
fed. Yes, she eats of the dinner too, for she has her food and her shelter and her clothes
whenever she asks for them. But it never occurs to this "boarder" that his wife
earns a definite part of the wage that he draws; and that, though she has never figured it
out and presented the bill, his account is greatly in arrears for simple wages. On the
other hand every right implies a duty, and woman on entering this partnership should see
to it that she contributes a real increment to the stock of value.
When we pass from the home and enter the dusty arena of the world, we find women wage-earners shoulder to shoulder with men in the struggle in almost all the avenues of labor and here it may be well to repeat [that] this term labor with its correlate wage-earning, in the broad economic sense, includes all the capacities in man, intellectual as well as physical and moral, which have economic significance. Moral and intellectual qualities increase the productiveness of labor. "Temperance, trustworthiness, skill, alertness, perception, a comprehensive mental grasp - all these," says an eminent writer on political economy, "and other good qualities belonging to the soul of man are of chief importance in man. The economic value of intellectual training," he continues "is generally not sufficiently appreciated. It has been ascertained that with no exceptions, the higher in any part of the United States the per capita expenditure for schools, the higher is the average of wages, and the larger, consequently, the production of wealth." This is a fact I would like specially to emphasize for those who intend training either girls or boys for self support as laborers or wealth producers. The broadest and fullest development of all powers, though it cost a greater outlay, pays the best interest in actual returns of dollars and cents.