At the W.C.T.U. Convention at Napier on -Monday the report of the White Ribbon editor and business manager was read and adopted. Mrs Perynian was unanimously re-elected editor and business manager, anu Mrs Evans as associate. In the afternoon Mr R. D. Martin addressed the convention, seeking its support for several amendments to the Shops and Offices Act and Factories Act, particularly in the direction of securing better conditions for women shop assistants and for abolishing the late night. The following resolution was passed: "Seeing that the Government lias already admitted through the Health and Defence Departments, that the ordinary, widow's pension is not enough to keep a mother and her family unless she either leaves her young children to the care of others while she goes to work or else resorts to charitable aid for assistance,- we would respectfully urge the necessity for giving all widows with young children a pension not \less than that granted to epidemic widows or widows of soldiers. It is not in the best interests either of the individual or the State that a mother should have to leave her infant children to the care of others while she works to support them. On the other hand if she does not do this, part of the maintenance of her family must ultimately fall upon the State or the community tfirough the Education Department (charitable aid), and her children have to carry a stigma from this source which it should never have been their misfortune to incur.''—.Press Association.
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W.C.T.U., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9597, 29 April 1919
W.C.T.U. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9597, 29 April 1919
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