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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 9, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 - THB UTHBRIDOE HERAID - W�dnesdoy, December 9, 1970 Status report backed By THE CANADIAN PRESS Reaction on the Praii-ie to recommendations m the royal commission on the status of women has been mainly favorable, although some said the questions of equal rights are still up to wmcn tlicmselves. Alberta premier Harry Strom said his government always has been prepared to put women on boards and commissions but requests for names of suitable women haven't always been successful. Opposition leader Peter Lougbeed said a Progressive Conservative government in Alberta would increase significantly the number of women on commissions, boards and agencies to reflect the equal status more adequately. NO EQUAl, P.\Y Labor MiJiister Ray Reierson said Alberta has legislation requiring equal pay for equal work "but it would be foolish of me to suggest we have equal pay when we don't." He agreed with recommendations in the report, released Monday, that the concept of skill, effort and responsibility be used in determining what is equal work. Helen HJiatyshyn, president of the National Council of Women, said in Saskatoon that the important thing is to take steps to see that llw recon> nifflidations are implemented. The proposals contained in the report have been urged on governments for years, she said. In Regina, Reta Moran, president of the Saskatchewan Council of Women, endorsed the recommendations for more training for the unskilled and for better tax arrangements for women. It is better for the government to pay motliers to care for children at home than to place children in a centre with strangers, she said. "Tbe most important thing in the world is for a mother to care for her own children," she said. JOBLESS INSUR.\NCE Arecommenda tion tliat women on maternity leave shouM be able to collect unem-ploj'ment insurance was su'p-ported by Roy Jahma of Edmonton, president of the Alberta Federation of Labor. Stan Daniels of Edmonton, president of the Metis Association of Alberta, welcomed recommendations that call for manage ment training programs and greater opportunities in the teacliLng profession for native women. Linda Morrill of the Calgary Abortion Information Centre agreed with recommendations on abortion, but said her own solution would be to repeal all abortion laws. "It should be a matter between the doctor and tlie patient - like any other medical matter." The commission recommended abortion on demand for any wonran pregnant for 12 weeks or less and abortion on request for a woman more than 12 veeks pregnant if the preg-iianQT would endanger her physical or mental health or if there was a risk that the child would be bom handicapped. ATTITLTDE CHANGE Irene MacGregor, director of the government-run Alberta Women's Cultural and Information Bureau, said she welcomed the recommendations but doubted if more than a handful of them would ever become law. "But I thijik a change in attitudes by both men and won" en is far more basic to improving the status of women," she said. "You can legislate anything you want to, but you can't legislate an altitude. Both men's and women's attitudes must change. Men aren't the boogey-men." Ma:7 Van Stolk of Edmonton, author, television producer and organizer of an Edmonton anti-pollution group, said the recommendations were important and must be implemented. "These same recommendations have been creeping up for years and thai .should be an indication that Ihey are a glai'-ing necf'count , GOOD QUALITY, LOW PRICE. Pure wool knit glove with genuine leather palm. Black, Brown, Beige .Charcoal Grey. One size stretch. PAIR ^ � W PAIR 3.58 Open Monday and Tuesday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. vCollege Shopping Mall 2il5 Mayor Magrath Drive ;