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Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON, this day. Hailing the Sail Francisco Charter as a milestone in the history of the women of New Zealand and of the world, Miss Mabel Howard (Govt., Christchurch East), speaking in the Charter debate in the House of Representatives yesterday, made one of the shortest but brightest contributions.

Beaming genially on her male, colleagues, and encouraged at intervals with hear, hear, from her fellow woman member, Mrs. Hilda Ross (Nat., Hamilton), Miss Howard spoke for only ten minutes, but said a good deal in the way of stressing that, at long last, after centuries of endeavour, the women of the world had reached a position of equality with men. Miss Howard said she received one of the greatest thrills of her life when she read the lines in the Charter providing for equality for women, and making it impossible for the status of women ever to go back. Women throughout the ages had suffered, but now they had accomplished, and she did not think the women of New Zealand had yet awakened to that fact.

"Women have earned the equality they have at last been given," she added. "By their work throughout the war, both in the front line and in the rear, they have shown their right to equality." In the name of the women of New Zealand she wished to thank the Prime Minister, Mr. Fraser. for what had been achieved. She felt that at the subsequent major conferences, the Prime Minister would do his best to see that the women of New Zealand were represented. She was sorry there had been no woman representing New Zealand at San Francisco. Women suffered more in time of war for they differed emotionally from men, she said. While a man's life went on and he got over the loss of sons at war, a woman never got over it, and suffered forever.

"Will be Governed by Feeling"

"Now we are going to have a say as to whether there will be more wars or not," she declared. "Women will be governed by their feeling, not by greed for markets or profits. They will be governed by a feeling of love and motherhood. The women of the world are going to demand equality in everything; they will want full employment _ and equal rates of pay.. It is going to hurt vested interests when they have to admit that the work of women has been equal to that of men in the factories and workshops and on farms. Women want equal pay for equal service. From now on we will be saying more. The San Francisco conference has given us that right. "I want to pav a tribute to New Zealand for the way the Government is beginning to wake up to the fact of full equality for women. Returning servicewomen are receiving the same gratuity as returning servicemen," added Miss Howard. 'In Britain women get only two-thirds of that given to men. Moreover, in New Zealand, all ranks get the same recognition for their services. Why not? They have all been necessary in the job!" _ The sections of the Charter to which Miss Howard referred specifically were Article 8 (the United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs), ana portion of Article 13 (the General Assembly shall make a recommendation for the purpose of assisting in the realisation of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion).

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STATUS OF WOMEN, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945

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STATUS OF WOMEN Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945

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