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remained "quietly at home," exchanging social amenities with her neighbors, her life would have been so filled with satisfactory interests.

Another woman over 50 years old is the executive head of a National organization which has for years urged and secured better conditions for working women and children, both through legislation and voluntary effort. She has moved from one difficult piece of social organization to another until probably no one else in the United States is more conversant with the conditions surrounding working women and children in every part of the country, with the laws which have been enacted on their behalf and with the efficiency of their enforcement.

Another woman over 50 years of age has brought into her public service the resources of large wealth, as well as the matured powers of an energetic nature and unusual capacity. For seven years she was president of the Juvenile Court Committee of Chicago, and it was she who suggested and formed, out of this committee, the Juvenile Protective Association. She has been influential in securing the specialization and socialization of the Chicago Municipal Courts, the Court of Domestic Relations, the Morales Court, and, last of all, the Boys' Court. She has become an extremely able speaker, and continually presents, through addresses and publications, the needs of the boys in the jails, the lack of industrial opportunity for colored young people, the temptations of young women employed in department stores, hotels and restaurants, the dangers to young girls on excursion boats and in amusement parks, the disastrous effects of street trading on boys and girls, and many other similar subjects.

That weariness and dullness, which inhere in both domestic and social affairs when they are carried on by men alone, will no longer be a necessary attribute of public life when such gracious and gray-haired women become a part of it, and when new social movements, in which men as well as women are concerned, naturally utilize woman's experience and ability.

Ever-widening channels are gradually being provided through which woman's increasing moral energy may flow, and it is not too much to predict that in the end public affairs will be amazingly revivified from those new fountainheads fed in the upper reaches of woman's matured capacity.

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