II-"The Woman That Toils" - Marie van Vorst's- Everybody's Magazine

"Experiences of a Literary Woman as a Working Girl"

" ... I laid aside all that pertained to the class in which I was educated and became for a time an American working woman. To live as she lived, work as she worked, see as she saw, and to be party to her ambitions, her pleasures, her privations as far as was, under the circumstances, possible. As I worked by her side, hour after hour, day after day, I hoped to become a mirror in which she should be reflected, to be afterward her mouth-piece to those who know so vastly little of the annals of continuous, unremitting, everlasting toil."

Description:Marie van Vorst at work in a Lynn, Massachusetts shoe factory under the name of Belle Ballard for "The Woman That Toils," a series for Everybody's Magazine produced by Marie and her sister-in-law, Bessie (Mrs. John) van Vorst. The series was presented as an act of class transvestitism and Marie described as the daughter of the late Judge van Vorst, a chancellor of the State of New York, president of the Century Club and founder of the Holland Society.

Rights: Public domain.

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Image of Marie van Vorst posing undercover for the exposing series, "The Woman That Toils."