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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 8, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, February 8, 7973 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - It Women in society By MAUREEN JAMIESON Family Editor Discrimination is differential reatment of an individual or group "because of the characteristics that you impute to that group," according to women's rights lecturer Pam Madsen. Yesterday, Ms. Madsen led a panel discussion on women in society, at the opening of the University of Lethbridge seminar on discrimination in Canadian society. "You can't really talk about discrimination without talking about prejudice," said Ms. Madsen, introducing her subject. "Prejudice is an attitude. Discrimination is the behavior and prejudice is an attitude whereby people look at certain cues that are being presented to them." She explained. "When we talk about racial prejudice, a white person looks at a person who exhibits different physical cues - that is, he is different color, with differ-1 ent shaped features, different shaped head, he says 'ah, this person is different than me.' "But he just doesn't leave it at physical differentiation. He says . . . somehow, tied in with this physical difference go all other kinds of differences - differences in intellectual ability, differences in temperament, differences in behavior, differences in attitude - so that a person who is physically different, he may also believe, has characteristics such as being dirty, lazy, incapable of holding a job, happy-go-lucky," or whatever other features a person happens to attach to those physical characteristics. "The terms for discrimination," said Ms. Madsen, "are usually used to talk about racial and ethnic groups, but I think they could be used with equal validity to talk about sexual groups. "Women are differentiated USC needs local volunteer from men quite obviously on the basis of certain physical cues; certain physical characteristics. "Men aren't content to leave it at that and say we're different physically. They also go on after that to say . . . therefore . . . women have different intellectual abilities than men; women have different temperaments than men; women have different interests from men. "A lot of people who would admit they would be ashamed to say they are racists will feel quite proud to say 'I'm a sexist' or 'I'm a male chauvinist' or 'I don't believe that women can do this or something else.' "Without considering the individual characteristics of a person, they impute characteristics because the woman is a member of a sex - female- and they act towards her in this way, without considering what the woman is, is an individual. The Unitarian Service Committee is in urgent need of a replacement for the chairman of the Lethbridge workshop group of volunteers. Retiring chairman Dorothy Anderson said the group handles clothing donations for Societal illness a cause "How are you discriminated against?" Ms. Madsen queried her panel. Of the five women on the panel, known only by their first names, Frances and Marilyn appeared the most articulate. Maryhelen, Geraldine and Georgette were more retiring. Frances; "I lived the role that I've been brought up to believe in. It limited my life till I opened my eyes now to become a self-actualizing human being, which women in our society are discouraged from becoming. "That's the whole crux of this discrimination against women." Marilyn: "Sure women face problems with discrimination. So do men. "A lot of it is societal illness - the problems that we instill in our children before they leave the cradle. "You (the students) are a new generation, and you are going to have the opportunity, as no other generation before you has, to develop your own lives." Frances considered she had suffered discrimination through employment when she was fired from her job after telling her employer she was pregnant. "I managed to take care of myself for about six months by pretending I wasn't pregnant, which made me feel pretty miserable about myself and my position and about the child." Many people believe such problems are taken care of by welfare, she said. "Your position with the welfare is that you're a client and they're the professionals. "In other words, you're the one who needs help, not just financial assistance handed to you, but you've really got your life mixed up, and they're going to help you straighten it out," like it or not. "I have joined the Women's Liberation Movement, and I'm as active as I can be. And I think the whole crux of discrimination in our society is based ... on the role a woman holds in this society - the secondary, passive role." Housewife full-time occupation Marilyn: "I am a working person in my own right. I objected very much when I went out to a meeting as a function of my employment not to be known by my own name, but to be introduced as Mrs. Joe Blow. "I am not a function of him and his life when I'm going out on my own employment. I don't need to be qualified by my husband's position in the community. "Most ^crimination is not in the law books. It is in the minds of the individuals. "Women are asked when they go out socially . . . 'how many children have you got?' It's assumed men have something else to say and that a women doesn't. "And very often she doesn't, for the only men she meets are the milkmen and that's a real big deal. "If you only meet men so- cially, you don't have am opportunity to form any platonic relationships. Ms. Madsen: The status of women report . . . states that there are 3V� million women in Canada that are working full-time looking after their homes, looking after their children, looking after their husbands. "Thtey are one of the largest groups in the labor force in Canada, and yet they're continually asked 'do you work or are you a housewife?'" Frances: "Your opportunities to express yourself in the home are really limited. "I think that the whole structure of society is really sad." Children should be communal responsibility, she claimed. "That's a wonderful way to live with children. You can be a mother and you can be a person at the same time and find no conflict. BAKER'S FABRIC CENTRE "A MEASURE FOR QUALITY BY THE YARD" Specializing in Fabrics, Drapery, and Sewing Needs Centre Village Mall Phone 328-4536 "But I don't think there's any way to solve the problem of women in the home now, without changing our whole idea about what a woman is, about what a man is, and about the nuclear family." Ms. Madsen: People have raised this issue with her "that there are only a certain number of jobs to go round. Now if you gave women equal oppor tunity to get these jobs, there wouldn't be jobs for all the men. "If women are going to get out of the home and have equal opportunity in the work world with men, and if the system is going to remain such that not everybody is going to get a job - then there are going to be some men that lose jobs, and that is really, really the big concern." Francis: "That's because of the structure of our society. As far as I'm concerned, that's what's got to change. "We're just the same kind of a creature as men are. And that's what I'm fighting for- people to recognize that we're the same kind of an animal The segment of the seminar devoted to women in society, is to continue today at 4 p.m. under the supervision of Ms Madsen. Try a little Tenderness: J! ALBERTA'S OWN CHICKEN! CHICKEN KIEV 6 chicken breasts, boned and pounded V2 cup butter 6 cloves garlic 3 eggs, beaten 'til frothy Salt and pepper 1 tablespoon chopped parsley 2 cups wheat germ Salt and popper chicken breasts on both sides. Lay skin side down. In centre of each place a sliver of butter about size of little finger. Vi teaspoon- chopped parsley, 1 clove of garlic (peeled and crushed). Now fold the two shorter ends of the breast In towards the centre, then the two longer ends over-lapping one end over the other envelope style to make a tight package so butter will not escape. Skewer firmly shut. Roll breasts In wheat germ. Roast breast uncovered In moderately slow oven (325F) for about VA hours. Near end of roasting time, baste chicken with a little melted butter and sprinkle salt and pepper. When breasts are golden brown and tender, they're done. Serves six. Send us your fa/oiitt chicken recipe and we will send you a book-full of ours. Albarta Broiler Grown' Marketing Board - P.O. BOX 3135 STN. A EDMONTON UteeWhimsy John Emerson receives the original Brt for his Wee Whimsy. Send yours to this paper. Korea, "sorting and packing all the clothing that the firemen take in . . . and getting the labels ready. "We average about 8,000 pounds of clothing a year. Sometimes we pack over 1,000 at one time," she said. The new chairman "would have to be prepared to spend at least 10 to 15 hours a month," she said. "And more in the spring." Mrs. Anderson and her coworkers operate out of two rooms at the No. 1 Fire Hall, and the firemen volunteer their services for the actual parcel- ling of the boxes, she explained. The new chairman must be prepared to canvass for new accommodation for the group, said Mrs. Anderson, as the No. 1 Fire Hall is to be closed down in the near future. If no one is found to take over the workshop group, this USC service will come to an end, and no clothing will be accepted after Feb. 28. Anyone interested in helping the USC supply clothing to the needy in Korea is asked to phone Mrs. Anderson at 327-6374 after 5 p.m. THE BETTER HALF Barnes Lawyer fired by union WASHINGTON (AP) - The United Mine Workers has fired the daughter of former union president W. A. (Tony) Boyle as a $40,000-a-year lawyer. Antoinette Boyle was a lawyer for the union's District 27, covering Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. The union said its executive board concluded that Miss Boyle's work consisted largely of processing social security applications for families of District 27's 709 members. "There is no way you can justify that kind of salary for a lawyer serving that few members. It is a waste of money, pure and simple," said union president Arnold Miller, who ousted Boyle in a government-supervised election last month, "This is the last time he'll bother us. . .1 told him you wanted to sign a contract, but you couldn't decide which color crayon to use.." ATTENTION PARENTS We know you like to have your children develop a fin* character. Therefore, to any boy or girl age 4 to 10, a hearty welcome to our STORY and CRAFT HOUR. Sundays 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED For Further Information Phone 327-5828 Daytime or 328-8756 after 6 LUNCHEON FEATURE OF THE WEEK TIMELY GIFTS FOR VALENTINES ;