Addams discusses the weakness of civil service as a force for humanitarianism, detailing the shortcomings of the public takeover of efforts that were previously in the domain of private individuals and charities.
Addams argues that the improvement of education for children starts with the improvement of their work conditions and environment and that a national effort is necessary so that every child is protected. This is the second article of a monthly, year-long series on economic and social reform in America and a woman's role to affect change.
In a humorous effort to render the male arguments against woman suffrage absurd, Addams describes a hypothetical world in which women hold power and men are asking for the vote. This is the sixth article of a monthly, year-long series on economic and social reform in America and women's roles affecting change.
Addams explains how educational background, economic situations, and family predicaments have an impact on juvenile crime; and she argues for special treatment of the "juvenile adult." The article was published in October 1913.