On Louise McKinney
Woman's work and woman's
sphere have always furnished a favorite topic of conversation. Her
activities and resourcefulness during the war exploded many of the
privileges which for years she had claimed to be her right. Now that
the war is over the public mind is seized with a new dread, and the
subject for popular comment is whether woman will be willing to
relinquish her new-found liberty and wider sphere of activity and
resume her place as home-maker in the same old way, or will she
continue to claim her present place in the industrial world and thus
constitute one more of the already numerous after-the-war problems.
This, it is argued, would be a double tragedy, because she would turn
her back upon home life and would at the same time keep out of
employment vast numbers of men who would otherwise be needed in the
various positions now occupied by women. . . . We must admit that
every woman has a right to choose the way in which she can best make
her contribution to society, nor do we believe that we are running any
risk by so doing, for the average women will continue to feel that her
contribution can best be made through the medium of the home . . .
because, in the very nature of things, it is so, and the average woman
instinctively loves home life.
Canadian Home Journal Aug. 1919. Reprinted by permission of