Florence Finch Kelly:
A follower of the political philosopher Henry Appleton and later the wife of Alan Kelly,a Bosoton newspaperman who became Benjamin Tucker's (Liberty) first editorial associate. One of the earliest residents of Hull House, Florence Kelly's investigation into sweat labor in Chicago led to the passage of the first factory law in Illinois. She became the first factory inspector, appointed by Governor Altgeld. See Jane Addams, Twenty Years at Hull House (New York, 1910). Also see Florence Finch Kelly Flowing Stream (New York, 1939)
Most of the writers in Liberty in the 1880's saw physical and economic independence as intertwined issues. Florence Finch Kelly believed that "the separate individual existence of the man and woman" was a desirable goal but felt it was impossible till women were economically independent. "Not until a woman becomes a self-supporting creature who has ceased to beg alms of him and who can and does support herself as easily and with as much comfort as he does," she wrote forcefully, "will he respect her as his equal."
Kelly also emphasized the connection between sexual freedom and economic issues. Without economic independence, marriage was, in her view, merely legalized prostitution. "The only important difference between the two conditions," she declared, "is that prostitution gets better pay than marriage."
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