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Letter to the Editor

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B.H.O. Harry, letter, The Independent Wawanesa [Methven MB] Dec. 24, 1913.

Dear Editor:

Please allow me a little space to pass a few remarks on the speech given by Mrs. McClung recently.

In attempting to excuse the influx of women into public life, commercial and professional, she is putting up the many-times repeated statement "that the women are forced out of their homes on account of those industries which were once carried on in the homes now being done in our factories.". . . According to her theory, one would expect to see the girls working in the factories but instead of this they are seeking positions as stenographers. . . We also see women seeking to take up Law, Medicine, Politics, and growling because Theology will not admit them. Some of them want to be managers of stores, captains of ships, legislators, locomotive engineers, etc. Are they trying to limit their activities to those things which were once in the home? At the present time there are 400 women out of work in Winnipeg, saying nothing of the 5,000 men similarly situated, who appealed to the Women's Civil League (a suffragette organization) to see if they could not remedy matters. This League inquired into the matter and found that practically all of the girls could receive employment as domestics in good homes, but they were largely opposed to this. . .

This world always has had and always will have an intolerance for women who, with no moral right, attempt to defraud the privileges due to man and the same time the courtesies due to women. They must learn if they go into public life to take the bitter with the sweet. .

I am, yours sincerely,

B.H.O. Harry

Reprinted by permission of Women's Press.

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