Women Growing Taller

Under the above heading the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser editorially breathes forth the following somewhat alarming sentiment:—

Charles Dana Gipson has made a discovery that may mean awful possibilities for the future. He declares that modern habits and diet on the part of the female contingent of the country are causing the girls of America to gradually increase in height, and that the average stature has increased at least two inches during the last ten years. We do not know that the girls will make any change in their food or their manner of life, and if they do not where is it to end? In the course of another century man will have to look up to woman literally, as he now does figuratively, and she will be the boss of the outfit, in fact as well as in theory. A nation of women over two yards in height on an average is not a pleasant possibility, but Gipson argues that it will be a fact in two or three generations from this. It is a subject to command the serious attention of statesmen and scientists.

July 11, 1901

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