WOMEN: Not Personally

Among the questions answered by persons filling out applications for U. S. citizenship is Question No. 22, asking whether the applicant, if admitted to citizenship, would bear arms for the U. S. In reply to this question Mme. Rosika Schwimmer, organizer of the Henry Ford "peace ship" in 1917, wrote: "Not personally. I understood that women are not required to bear arms in the United States." In view of Mme. Schwimmer's prominence among pacifists, this answer may well have been considered pert by naturalization authorities. At any rate, her application was last week refused (by a Chicago naturalization board)...

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