WOMEN WAR WORK.
Maoriland Worker, Volume 8, Issue 327, 30 May 1917, Page 7
WOMEN WAR WORK.
This is not tbe first time ia history when England has found herself engaged in a European struggle but on moro than, one occasion has she avoided takine auv direct part in the hostilities, 'contenting herself .uth rendering indirect aid to one of the belligerents in much the same way as America has during the last thirty-two months. England's enormous industrial expansion "look place while her potential rivals were fighting it out in f'urope. Women and children were sulfering untold hardships then as now where the war was being carried on. But more than one historian has recorded the fact that England's industrial expansion was responsible for a great deal of suffering to women and children who were employed for long hours at a mere pittance, often under the most degrading circumstances. The bodies of little children vtctc made tho stepping stone-- for that expansion; and we must see to it that in the new effort lo exploit the woman' and tho children we do not repeat even to a degree the barbarities of the past. The interests of the children and their rights to a full and free physical and mental development must be safeguarded at all costs. It may sound veT.v well to hear of groups of idle women pledging them- ar.d other women tn eld this, that and the other war work. 1 have seen them going, to these .meetings, fur clad and in their huge motor cars, as though tv a new excitement, but even their insincerity, conscious and unconscious, would not be so bad weTe it not for the fact that in their thoughtlessness they may be paving the way for a new enslavement of their sisters and an enslavement of little children.
I have seen a real war worker whose two sons are at tbe front undertaking their tasks in the fields in a spirit of quiet fortitude, believing that she is thereby helping her country in its hour of need. But what is wanted is not. more work for the already overworked but some scheme whereby the idle rich shall be mado to use their money and giye their services for the purpose of perrforming essential national work.