Addams exposes the double standard applied to women who break society's moral codes and argues for a more charitable view of women and a better understanding of their economic circumstances. This is the eleventh article of a monthly, year-long series on economic and social reform in America and a woman's role to affect change.
Addams explores the economic plight of young women that often drives them to prostitution and white slavery. This is the second in a five-part series, which would ultimately be published as A New Conscience and an Ancient Evil in 1912.
Per a previous conversation with Addams, Seligman sends her contact information for three women he believes are doing the best work in Europe. He also suggests that Addams send each of them a copy of her November article in McClure's Magazine.
Arguing that white slavery requires an organized movement to defeat it, Addams provides examples from cases in Chicago. This is the first in a five-part series, which would ultimately be published as A New Conscience and an Ancient Evil in 1912.