Title: Caddie Woodlawn
Author: Carol R Brink
It’s a strange thing, but somehow we expect more of girls than of boys.
It is the sisters and wives and mothers, you know, Caddie, who keep the world sweet and beautiful.
What a rough world it would be if there were only men and boys in it, doing things in ttheir rough way!
A woman’s task is to teach them gentleness and courtesy and love and kindness.
It’s a big task, too, Caddie—harder than cutting trees or building mills or damming rivers.
It takes nerve and courage and patience, but good women have those things.
They have them just as much as the men who build bridges and carve roads through the wilderness.
A woman’s work is something fine and noble to grow up to, and it is just as important as a man’s.
But no man could ever do it so well.
Though not politically correct, there is much to what he says. Today young ladies can swear just as well as the boys. There is not a bad habit that they eschew. Egalitarianism has not raised the stature of women as much as it has allowed them to feel comfortable slugging it out in the gutter with men.