Speech to City Club Luncheon, November 7, 1913



Tells the City Club Four Women Will Seek Council Position on Strictly Municipal Issues.

Jane Addams of Hull House declared yesterday before 300 guests at a luncheon given at the City Club that she believed there would be no less than four women candidates running on the nonpartisan ticket who would stand for the city council at the spring elections.

"I speak without authority, but I think that I am safe in making the statement," asserted Miss Addams, who had previously declared herself in favor of nonpartisan elections for the city. Miss Addams and Alderman Charles E. Merriam were the principals in a discussion of the practicability of the nonpartisan idea. George C. Sykes also spoke. All of the speakers were in favor of the elimination of national parties from city elections.


"Sentiment among the new women voters of Chicago is overwhelmingly in favor of nonpartisan city elections," said Miss Addams. "They understand that such questions as that of garbage disposal and proper care for feeble-minded children is of far more importance to the citizens of the city than those national issues and principles which are dragged into municipal campaigns as they now exist.

"The women voters are going to want such matters as affect Chicago as a city settled; they are going to demand better housing and living conditions in the submerged districts; they are going to demand proper policing, and they are going to forget all about the old party lines in their eagerness to untangle the problems that affect our daily lives," said Miss Addams.