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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 18-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD-Monday, August -The Herald Family Women in labor force focus of realistic study Deserted again Monkey bars, sandpiles and teeter-totters stand idle for the remainder of the summer, while youngsters prepare for a sojourn in school halls. Children throughout the city return to their desks tomorrow, leaving behind memories of holidays and looking ahead to, what else, but the first day of Christmas break and the last day of homework far off in June. First woman named to position President favors better economic mix TORONTO (CP) When Jill Conway, the University of Toronto's first female vice- president for internal affairs, becomes the first woman president of Smith College in Northampton, Mass., next year, opening avenues for a better economic mix of stu- dents will be one of her proj- ects. The 39-year-old professor of U.S. history says she is look- ing forward to working at largest privately- OPENING SOON! in CENTRE VILLAGE MALL endowed liberal arts college for women in the United States, a college noted for its high academic standards and its distinguished faculty. Born in Australia and raised on a sheep and cattle station, she won a university medal at her graduation from the University of Sydney, then went on to get her PhD at Harvard. For her thesis, she did a study of the changes that take place in the social structure whenever a new group gets access to educa- tion, focusing on the first gen- eration of American women university graduates. That study led to an inter- est in the role of women which continues today and may serve her well as the col- lege's seventh president, in tackling what she regards as one of Smith's problems. "At the moment, the stu- dent body is composed either of children of the very pros- perous or of scholarship stu- dents who represent the other end of the economic spect- rum. We'll need to find a way to open up the school to the middle class as well." Happily, she concedes, the economic groups at Smith have not split into separate social carnps. "The entire student body is in residence, in small houses, that range in accommodation from 20 to 80 students, so the two elements mix very quickly." The youngest of three chil- dren. Prof. Conway was the first in her family to embark on an academic career. "Even though my parents were not interested in aca- demic questions they were very supportive. They set high standards and they never distinguished between boys and girls." At the University of To- ronto, her role has been cen- tred on a concern with the hu- man and physical environ- ment of the university. "I've maintained relations with all the organizations on THE BETTER HALF campus, as well as directing campus services, which in- clude everything from campus police to day care centres." Moving from a public in- stitution to a privately-fi- nanced college will mean a greater concern with fund- raising, she says. "It's essential to be in- volved with alumni groups, and Smith is fortunate enough to have very devoted alumni." She also welcomes the fact that she will continue to teach. By JULIET O'NEILL EDMONTON (CP) Three Edmonton women are trying to find the reality behind the statistics. Pat Hughes, Ann Harvey and Colette Forest, all in their 20s, say they want a non-governmental look at women in the Alberta work force through personal investigation which might form the basis of a publication. On tour at a sewing factory where thousands of pants are produced each day, they walked through rows of women doing what Ann termed "competitive, alien- ating, boring work under intense pressure." "There's rows and rows of women at sewing machines. They looked haggard tired eyes, hunched shoulders and nobody smiled even once." "Some of them stand all day on a concrete floor over hot presses, having to stand back when the steam shoots out. They sew the same thing every day over and over. Sewing in zippers or pockets into lining all day long. There's little human contact except during coffee breaks or lunch time." Ann explained that production inspectors constantly tour the plant and keep close tabs on their output. Pat said she was convinced these women are underpaid as they do skilled work for wages ranging from to an hour, the latter going to only a few employees. 'They definitely look skilled in terms of speed and precision and they are charged with the maintenance of their own machines so they have to know how to clean and oil them." A spokesman for the United Garment Workers Union, however, said the women are paid for piece work on a production basis. "I'd like to have them on time wages myself." she said. "But if you took the piece work away some of them would wring your neck." At an industrial plant on the outskirts of Edmonton the trio found only seven women workers, all in office positions. "We were told that women weren't hired because there were no washroom facilities for Colette said. "They said women wouldn't be able to stand the strong language and the yard work was too physically demanding." A personnel director at another plant told them he couldn't avoid hiring women in the next few years because of a 10-fold expansion which couldn't possibly be accommodated by men only. The manager of a firm which hires truckers to deliver sandwiches told them he had reluctantly started to hire women but was happy with his decision. After interviewing several registered nurses the group said they seem to perpetuate their own submission to chau- vinism. "Often a nurse will make a decision about a patient's care and advise the doctor because he's supposed to have ultimate control of the patient. "The nurses told us they have to make the doctor think he made the decision although they are the ones who often have to take the responsibility of carrying it out. giving the medication or whatever." They said they thought the nurses are hurting their own strength as an organization because they ally themselves with doctors instead of support staff such as housekeeping aides. "They see themselves as professionals, not as laborers, which can prevent them from achieving better wages and working conditions." Ann, Pat and Colette agree that the Alberta labor market is swinging wide open to women with a new growth in primary production industries such as the oil sands projects and the petrochemical industry. "It'll be just as in wartime. Women will be badly needed in the labor market no matter what the jobs are." Pat said. i In the post-war periods women were always thrown back into the home or secondary jobs but this group says they are counting on social Change to prevent a repeat. Pat said the initial advantage of this war-like work boom will be the estab- lishment of precedents. "And women will be able to be more i social in outlook, have more knowledge and be better equipped to deal with problems, to get out front and agitate." But for now extra help was needed from people who direct women into the work force. "Guidance counsellors have to make a special effort to broaden women's work I horizons, to compensate for all the time they've been directed into stereotyped traditional female jobs. "And the government isn't stressing women in the labor force at all except in very token ways." The three women hope to write a laywomen's booklet on thed work force i: after travelling to other Alberta com- munities this summer. It is to be directed to newcomers to the labor force. FABRIC SALE (August 19th thru 24th) BUCK-A-YARD 3000 yards Assorted fabrics. Values to yard yard LINING ByBames Librarian holds unique post B-IS'- i I 00 "She can't come to the phone right now. She's throw- ing her annual you-forgot-our-anniversary tantrum." HALIFAX (CP) Shirley Elliott well remembers the man who kept flipping his wig. He happened to be Speaker of the Nova Scotia legislature. Just before the television news cameras were to start rolling at the opening of a ses- sion, the poor chap discovered that the wig wouldn't stay put. "Every time he moved it slid down over one Miss Elliott said. As it turned out, the dignity of the house remained intact. Heeding more than the call of duty as legislative librarian, she stitched elastic bands inside the wig and solved the problem. The incident was one of many that she recalls from her 20 years in the post. One closer to her professional interest was when, sorting out library material, she came across a handwritten note from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to his friend, Nathaniel Hawthorne. The note, now kept in a library file, discusses Longfellow's writing of the poem Evan- geline. Other interesting discoveries include books with passages underlined and notated by people such as the Nova Scotian author and legislator. Joseph Howe. Still intact is a tourist's handbook Howe used on a visit to Ireland. Miss Elliott's first task after taking over the library was to catalogue more than 5.000 volumes and the loss of only one book in 20 years is a tribute to her thoroughness. She worked in historic sur- roundings. The library's main room served as the province's Supreme Court chambers until 1862. It was there that Howe successfully defended freedom of the press. Limit 2 par customer, each POLY-COTTONS Values to yd. Yard CORDUROY 45blue-ndblackonly Values to yd. Yard Polyester Batting JERSEYS45 printsandpiains Values to yd. Yard 99< 129 J99 3" 259 On Sale Aug. 19 and 20 ON SALE AUGUST 19 20 WHILE QUANTITIES LAST) FLANNELETTE Pink and white only. Some slightly flawed. Limit 10 yards per customer yard 77 BACK-TO-SCHOOL VALUES FLANNELETTE Approx. 36" wide, exellent selection of prints. Yard 1 19 ALLJOGGERS AND RUNNERS 20% OFF THERMAL BLANKETS 90" 6 66 RECORDS Country and Western 2 99 KRESGE BACK-TO-SCHOOL DRAW: Fanny's The New Home of PFAFF SEWING MACHINES Deposit the saleslip of any purchase during the week of August Musical Ride. You could be one of 6 lucky winners. Draw will 15 to 21 and be eligible to win two FREE tickets to the RCMP be made at p.m. August 21, 1974. Enter as often as you wish. Fft V V Y'O FABRIC A Ji Jl A O FACTORY LETHBRIDGE LTD The Largest Selection m i 1239 2nd Avenue S. (Old John Deere Bldg.) Phone 329-3355 Monday Ihrii Saturday a.m. Id p m Thursday and Friday a.m. to p.r KRESGE8 KANDY KARNIVAL ON TIL AUGUST BIKINI ply new fall shades pkgs. Corner of 4th Ave. and 6th St. S. DOWNTOWN ;