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Is it possible for any woman to gain full satisfaction and happiness in a career, or does she have to sacrifice too much to make the effort worthwhile? In spite of the so-called emancipation of women and opportunities for education, it appears that woman still has most of the cards stacked against her, for she cannot combine a career and home life as successfully as a man, writes a correspondent. For the woman with talents entitling her to an important position in the community, yet who desires a home and children as well, the problem is a difficult one if she is to be a success in both jobs. She must be prepared to put her best into her work; and she probably has the type of job which demands this in any case. Her husband will naturally feel he is entitled to part of her time and interest when his working day is over, and will want 'tw to be ready to go out with him and also do a certain amount of entertaining. If she has children she must devote time to them, or they -might grow up strangers to her. The case is not a great deal easier for the working Wife whose children are older. When she returns* home after a strenuous day, does she find her slippers by the fire, and the paper folded ready for her th read? No! If she has no help, she finds a cold and untidy house and views with dismay the clock which tells her she has only half an hour in which to get dinner before the rest of the family return home. Is it fair that because a woman is prepared to use her talents for the community she should be too tired to enjoy life to the full? Some will answer that if she wants a home and children, she should bo prepared to forego a career; but what of the 3'ears spent in study and preparation for her. chosen work? Whether she be doctor or journalist, secretary or hairdresser, 'what she has to offer the community is of definite value. Prepare For Sacrifice How then, may the great problem of combining home and career be solved? With reliable help in the home, the aid of nursery schools and kindergartens, as well as community kitchens and laundry, it would be partly solved, but it must be possible for a woman to cut down her working hours if she hopes to secure free time of her own. With a shorter working day, say, of six hours, she would not have to rush off at an early hour in the morning. She could be home in the afternoon in time to take the children out, or she could have a little rest, in preparation for an evening's entertainment. However, this solution holds difficulties too, for there is sure to be opposition to a shorter working day for women. What is a woman to do then, until that happy day when nursery schools and household help are available to all, and husbands are more co-operative and tolerant regarding their wives' careers? It seems to me that a woman must ask herself honestly what she really wants most in life. If she decides on a combination of home and career, she must be prepared to forgo many of the friendships and leisure hours whL'a are so important in a woman's life.

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FOR WOMEN WIVES AND CAREERS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 181, 2 August 1945

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FOR WOMEN WIVES AND CAREERS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 181, 2 August 1945

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