WOMEN ON THE EDUCATION BOARD.
TO THE EDITOE. Sir, —A woman is needed on the Otago Education Board. Why? Because women are very much interested in all that concerns women ami children, and you will admit that the education of our girls and the status of our women teachers is a matter of very grave moment to us. Mere man, not understanding the complexities of woman, is incapable of guiding the feminine “Dreadnought” into the deepest and best channels to ensure its ultimate arrival at the ocean of life, where it will be eventually needed to safeguard the small craft of childhood as they sail into the harbor of Good Citizenship. Twenty-one years ago, when women appealed for the franchise, wo were told that womankind would be demoralised by attendance at the polling booths. These places are quite respectable now, and instead of woman being lowered by the tone of the booths she has raised the conditions, .and wo do not now associate rowdyism and election day, as was the case before we went to vote. Women could not safely go alone through the streets of some of our cities on the night of a holiday 20 years ago, on account of drunkenness. Wo have helped to improve on that. Adam was created first, but it was not long before Eve was created as a helpmeet; and, though she made mistakes, she did not altogether’ miss her mark. Just think, Mr Editor, what men would have missed, even during recent years, if there had been no Eve to hold up before the eyes of the new woman as an example of weakness and evil. Some men in tire present day are weak and evil, some arc brave and good; but none are infallible, and good women are as much needed in the conduct of the nation’s affairs as are good men. Women are needed in every sphere of usefulness in New Zealand excepting that of Premier.
Married women are too busy teaming future politicians to spare the time for that position, and old maids (having no husband to advise them) are at a disadvantage. Hie fact that women are holding their own is being recognised, as evidenced by the kindly, consistent courtesy with which they are treated wherever they have gained a footing, and also by the various avenues of public usefulness that axe being opened to them. Tme it is, in one or two instances, committee or board men have offered tills statement as a reason why women should not be- in those places : “Wo cannot tell the stories we used to tell, and we cannot smoke.” I would answer: Life is real, life is earnest, Wreaths of smoke is not its goal. Now, Mr Editor, “it’s a long Tipperary,” but I am there at last. Tho women of Otago want representation on the Otago Education Board. Wo are nominating a lady who, we believe, haa the necessary qualifications for that position. We do not ask for votes actuated by motives of chivalry merely, but because we think the Otago Education Board will bo rendered more effective in its working than it is now, even in the present high state of efficiency that it has attained; and we appeal to those who have the voting power in this election to return Dr Elizabeth Macdonald at tho top of the poll. —I am, etc., E. PnnroLD. October 20.
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WOMEN ON THE EDUCATION BOARD., Evening Star, Issue 15632, 24 October 1914
WOMEN ON THE EDUCATION BOARD. Evening Star, Issue 15632, 24 October 1914
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