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Evening Star, Issue 15631, 23 October 1914
MyjCßKlts of the House, of Itepresentativea have been talking glibly. Women in but without convincing Parliament, sincerity, of making sta-
tutory provision for theelection of women to Parliament, Had these enthusiastic legislators, who apparently are conscious of the limitations of men in Parliament, been frank with themselves, they would have devoted their time, thought, and enthusiasm to matters of -more moment to the womenfolk of the Dominion than the question of the eligibility of women to become- members of both branches of th& legislature. Legislators must know (if, they do not know it in about time they gave their places- to then wiv-sj that the women of the
I Dominion are wisely more deuirous of ' seeming tin- aid ot Parliament in many neglected social and domestic affairs, which are. peculiarly the special work of purposeful and thoughtful women, than they cue of obtaining the right of entry to Parliament ha legislators. Time havo been many occasions, no doubt, when women, exasperated at Ihe silly tactics of legislators, have expressed «« momentarily fervetit desire to he given tlio light to become members of Parliament, but that was*but a. pacing inood und certainly not tb" fixed aim of the- majority of women in the [ Dominion. Wise women know that- then best spheres of iullueneo are outside of Parliament, and in avenues of social and domestic activity, where the noisy methods ot mete politician* would be intolerable and useless. Some day, perhaps, Parliament >vill be made tolerable for women legislators, but before that agreeable stage is i cached a bold statesman will havo to reform the present procedure, and mako provision for the business! of the Legislatine being carried out in the alert- hours of the. daytimo instea<l of during the night, when \vi*e folk aru sleeping the sleep of profitable workers. .Apart, iiltogether from the unattractive methods in jiatiiantentaiy activity, thetime is ?iol opportune for luring women into the noisy arena of party politics. They have-made no demand for a prominent place in party warfare, atid only a very few of our cleverest women have had opportunity for ipialifying I'm- Parliament by beneficial service on local bodies and other organisations wherein their ihow'hts and advice, are. of- great service. It legislators gave morn of their unlimited wisdom to solving the. problems of housework and household management, perhaps many women would find time to give valuable, service to tiit! iStatu. Until th<tse homely ditlk-ultic? are remedied it is folly to talk about electing women lo Parliament. The Councillors who reject, iho ' proposal ot the. House of Representatives that women shall be eligible to be elected | as members of the Upper J louse, need not- ' he afraid 10 come home in a few weeks in their wives and daughters. |
Evening Star, Issue 15631, 23 October 1914
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