Judge’s Advice to Wives and Husbands, 1925

What would you imagine a Judge’s marital advice, which takes the topic of women’s emancipation into consideration, in 1925, to consist of?

Probably much the same as I imagined when I found this article and read the headline. And yet, all credit to Judge Joseph Sabath, his advice is far ahead of its time. In fact, it’s probably a bit too forward-thinking for a few judges even now.

Dundee Courier, 5th January 1925

Dundee Courier, 5th January 1925


Judge’s Advice to Wives and Husbands

The increase in divorce is viewed as a sign of progress by Judge Joseph Sabath, of Chicago, who has presided over the hearing of 10,000 divorce cases, but who refuses to grant a legal separation unless all efforts at conciliation have failed.

“The large number of divorces is rather a manifestation of progress than of retrogression,” he declares.

“It is one of the natural incidents attending the emancipation of womanhood. The wife no longer is a chattel, but a free human being, living and acting on terms of equality with her husband.

“It is natural and right that she should seek relief by dissolution when the equal partnership becomes impossible.”

Judge Sabath’s advice to husbands draws from his experience in the Divorce Courts, is as follows:-

“Make your wife a real partner, and discuss business problems with her. Give her your confidence. Avoid the interference of relatives. Supply your wife with enough money to maintain the household without skimping. Have children or adopt some. Work together, play together, and grow up together.”

His advice to wives is this:-

“Assert enough independence to make your husband notice it. Do not be afraid to soil your hands. Make your husband assume more responsibility for the home life than merely financing it.

“Never flirt even to tease your husband, he wants to be the one man in your life more than anything else, and to flirt is to stir a fire that may consume both of you.”

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2 Responses

  1. Estelle says:

    Thank you for that – I do like the cut of his jib.

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