500_women_cheer—article from the
New York Times, May 1914 New York Times
Note that this speech was given
shortly after the events in
Questions to consider:
What views of women’s rights are expressed by Mother Jones
in her appearance at this location?
How does she approach the issue of gaining rights?
What views does she have about women’s suffrage?
Historians have argued that Mother Jones dressed in a very grandmotherly fashion in order to bring authority to her position among working class men. Does this article suggest something else? How does the reporters fixation on how Mother Jones was dressed reflect peculiar problems for women in authority?