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'. Some girls not yet out of their teens . have earned as much as £6 a week on .munitions, and their future is causing great anxiety to their mothers in England and Scotland. A welfare supervisor in a big factory told a Daily Chronicle representative that the problem of these girls is very difficult to solve. "Older girls are so much more adaptable," she said, "and they sooner or later adjust themselves to the new conditions. But the girl of 17 is at a very critical age. She is often beyond the control of her parents, and earning high wages she was able- to defy them. Most of her money was spent on finery; I knew one girl of 16 who boasted of having two dozen crepe-de-chine blouses. 'There is a great danger now that these girls will look for the life which will give them the most money with the least exertion. It is not that they are lazy. No girl who kept her job at munitions could be called lazy. But the desire for fine clothes is almost unconquerable. "The best remedy will be the return of the soldiers. Men who have served in France in constant hardship will not tolerate extravagances in their daughters and sisters, and a little wholesome ridicule will be the best tonic possible."

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9586, 14 April 1919

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£6 A WEEK GIRL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9586, 14 April 1919