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Frenchwomen's Rights

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The question of mutual financial rights of hushund and wife in the industrial classes is coming to the front in France. Aocording to a leader in the Paris Debats, the better sentiment of the country is already solicitous in the matter In a country ■wbere it is rather the rule than the exception for the wife j to work in the same business with her husbanc!, not only the laboring classes, I but the middle classes, the strong sustaining bourgeoisie of France have a vital interest. Any legal arrangement for the protection of thé wife from injustice on the part of the husbaud has np to the present time been extremely insufficient. The French husband still has the rigbt to take all the wages or other product of bis wife's work, to sell, if he pleases, anything she has bought and placed in her house, or to give it away, at his own discretion. The French law has offered no remedy except a separation of goods, and that isusually equal toan open declaration of war - to personal separation. i For working wives of the industrious class this is an absolutely illusory protection. It is now proposed to make a simple and thorough reform, by whose action the working wifo will begiveufull right to salary or otber goods earned by herself beyond a certain proportion for her personal share in the liousehold support.


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