New York Times - March 31, 1907

SHE STILL INSISTS ON POLICEWOMEN
Not a bit discouraged by the action of the Bayonne City Council in jocosely pigeonholing her request that the city employ of force of "policewomen," Mrs. Julia Goldzier of 26 East Forty-Fifth Street, that city, has obtained about 500 signatures to petitions favoring her scheme. Many of the signers are women well known in Bayonne.

To further advance bar project Mrs. Goldzier has Just issued a pamphlet headed "Policewomen, an appeal to the people of Bayonne." In it she thus sets forth all her arguments in favor of a lady police force:

"When I sent a letter to Mayor Garvan asking him to appoint policewomen to patrol the streets for the protection, assistance, and entertainment of our children while they are out of their parents' sight. I had no idea but that the Mayor would say something in favor of the movement, and that the press would note his statements on account of their novelty, and there the matter would drop except that in some remote place, a progressive village, whose inhabitants were intelligent enough to know a good thing when they heard of it and were not tied down by custom and the 'traditions of their elders,' would institute a police force of women whose sole duty was the care of children. To my surprise and joy I found that the citizens of Bayonne were quite ready to maintain a force of female guardians if they could be convinced that these would fill an evident want.

"One doubt in the minds of some is that policewomen would necessarily drag some women into politics. This is an argument in favor of and not against the proposition. Women purify the home, the street, business, and camps, and women in politics would purify politics. Those who cannot realize this should be in the lunatic asylum.

"Another argument, which is only senseless twaddle, is that a woman's place is at home. Why is a home a woman's place more than man's? Not because he has business elsewhere, for so has she. The home is getting smaller every day, and woman's capacities are growing larger every day. If you contract her sphere as her home contracts it, you will be kept busy building prisons, madhouses, and poorhouses to harbor all the wrecked minds, morals and constitutions, for woman's growing energies cannot be safely confined in too small a space. She will also bring forth monstrosities and deformities, and another nation which gives its women proper liberties will conquer ours and we will go the way of all restricted peoples.

"The healthful outdoor exercises as a policewoman with its limited hours and easy work will soon make our women strong and free as men. Men with great care and subtlety have reduced women to dependency. They fear for their miserable, aborted, deformed, lop-sided civilization if women should be free and healthy. Many a woman disguised as a man has lived in close association with men and proved that a man's life with its healthful, variagated distractions is good for her.

"The horrified public shouts that policewomen would encourage race suicide. Calm yourselves, dear people, and listen to common sense. Is not one child saved equal to one born? Then suppose, in her wanderings through the streets the unwedded policewoman saves a child from a runaway horse, removes the fragments of a broken bottle and prevents a fatal accident, rapidly attends to the bruise or hurt of a child and prevents blood poisoning or prevents a bully throwing a missile at a companion and killing him, would she not have done as much for humanity as if she herself had given birth to that child? My, policewomen would be daily and hourly performing such deeds, so they would do more than any one mother toward preventing race suicide.

"It is hopeless to try and convert the unseeing, the dull, and stupid, but they make fine illustrations of the necessity of policewomen."

Mrs. Goldzier has selected a uniform for the lady cops. It consists of dark blue blouse and bloomers, to be worn with or without skirts, blue military hat with gold braid, and patent leather boots.