Discussion: "Prisoners of Poverty" "Mrs. Campbell's Good Work" - Helen Campbell - New York Tribune

Discussion: "Prisoners of Poverty" "Mrs. Campbell's Good Work" - Helen Campbell - New York Tribune

Discussion Aroused By Her Articles on "Prisoner's Of Poverty"

by: | publication date: November 26, 1886 | Publication: The New York Tribune | pages: 2

But the articles of Mrs. Campbell have also led to much discussion within the wide circle in which they have been read. Different theories are advanced as to the causes that produce the dark facts which these stories unfold. How far women themselves contribute to their own misery through their own individual pride and version to certain kinds of work for which they are especially fitted is a question freely debated. There are citizens prominently identified with philanthropic institutions who while they have the utmost sympathy with the sufferers, are balked at the threshold of their efforts to relieve them by the disinclination of women themselves to abandon over-crowded holds of labor in exchange for occupations less degrading and far more profitable.

This article contains the responses of prominent New York clergyman Rev. Dr. Thomas Armitage, Rev. Dr. Howard Crosby and Rev. Dr. Edward McGlynn. to Campbell's "Prisoners of Poverty" series in The New York Tribune. The author seems to suggests that working women are partly to blame for their own exploitation.