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Alberta Women and Alberta
Laws (Part 1)
"I wish to suggest to the
speaker," said the positive man, "that her whole talk to us tonight is
built upon a premise that some of us at least will not accept, as this
foundation is not correct, and misleading. The speaker takes it for
granted that the wife earns half of the entire estate, a situation
which I would be far from admitting. The husband is the earner, the
wife earns nothing, is not a producer at all, but is supported by the
earnings of the husband."
"May I ask the gentleman," the speaker questioned, "if he thinks that
the wife in addition to laboring more hours a day than the husband, in
addition to bearing and rearing his children, should pay board; or
does the gentle think that she earns her board and keep? Would he go
as far as that?"
"Certainly," the man replied rather tartly, "she earns much more than
that. I never made any such insinuation. Why every husband gives his
wife much more than that. I insist that most men are generous with
"You are begging the question," the speaker persisted. "As I
understand it we have not tonight been discussing the amount the
husbands 'give' their wives, their generosity or their selfishness is
not the question. The point upon which my friend took issue was the
amount 'the wife earns'. Will you please stick to the question at
hand? Will you please state how much more than her board and keep you
consider would be just for the services of a wife? It is difficult to
believe that you were really sincere in your objection if you are
unwilling to follow your own argument to its logical conclusion. You
object to the amount that I think she earns. You admit that she earns
more than her board and keep. With those two points determined, the
amount she really does earn should be easy to decide. Please be
Excerpt from "Alberta Women
and Alberta Laws." Lethbridge Herald. October 8, 1920. p.10.
"I have never figured it out.
That is a point for every man to decide for himself. I do not believe
we should bring the law into family relationships."