At the Biennial Federation of Women's Clubs, Addams discusses the problems of associating the right to vote with marital status of the husband, telling of experiences with immigrant women voting in Chicago.
Addams drafts her arguments for the protection of migrant laborers, food supplies, and discusses the different outlook that the working class have towards war. The speech was prepared for the National Conference on Foreign Relations of the United States.
Addams discusses the benefits of suffrage and how the vote will benefit immigrant women living in tenement houses. This lecture was made before the Ethical Culture Society at New Century Hall in Philadelphia on March 14, 1908 and published later.