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Excerpt about clothing from Sadie Frowne article, "The Story of a Sweatshop Girl"

Some of the women blame me very much because I spend so much money on clothes. They say that instead of a dollar a week I ought not to spend more than 25 cents a week on clothes, and that I should save the rest. But a girl must have clothes if she is to go into high society at Ulmer Park or Coney Island or to the theatre. Those who blame me are the old country people who have old-fashioned notions, but the people who have been here a long time know better. A girl who does not dress well is stuck in a corner, even if she is pretty, and Aunt Fanny says that I do just right to put on plenty of style.

Sadie Frowne, Excerpt from "The Story of a Sweatshop Girl," Independent 54, (September 25, 1902), 2279-2282. Found in Nancy F. Cott, et al, eds., Root of Bitterness: Documents of the Social History of American Women, Second Edition (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1996), 426-32.
Public Domain
Date / time
September 25, 1902
Frowne, Sadie
The Independent
The Independent
Date published
September 25, 1902

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