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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 10, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta S - THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID - Soturday, February 10, 1973 �i mw m in * in' a. mmmmmmmmmammmmmm family life by MAUREEN JAMIESON J�VERY woman who has ever watched TV knows darn well that "her husband's world, from 9 to 6, is an exciting whirl of sexy secretaries, swinging lady libbers and dangerous million-dollar deals. . Therefore it takes a man of rare perception to really understand what his wife is up against, wrestling with high - spirited children all day long and half the night. Sure, he's sympathetic when you go stir-crazy and start throwing dishes. He's even patient and long-suffering when you scream, snarl and throw a tantrum, merely because he ran into a convention downtown and invited 96 of the guys to come over in half an hour and take potluck. What he can't understand is how hard it is for you to stop playing mother - especially when you seldom get to see a full-grown life-sized adult from one day's end to another. Like, when the Avon lady floats into your life and sinks into your comfiest chair. She opens up her chic little bag; reaches inside to its hidden delights. As she prepares to spread her fabulous array of potions and lotions on your newly-polished coffee table, gently you reach over and smack her hand. You're busy in the kitchen, juggling pots and pans and cake batter when you hear those old familiar snuffles ane sniffles. 'Blow your nose, you horrible creep,' you holler, as the milkman pokes his head round the door for a friendly good-morning. And the night you have friends over, your husband gets a little worried - and rightly so! At first, all goes well. You've checked for jellied donuts under the cushions, removed second-hand chewing gum from the ash trays and found all (maybe) the pellets of rotten egg gas your scientific son has planted hither and yon. You've threatened the children with a painful, lingering death should they lay a hand on the goodies you've prepared for your guests. You've also tidied up the front closet (so who's going to see the back one?), hidden all your junk magazines and spread around the intellectual stuff where it's sure to be seen. People arrive, and all goes swimmingly. Husband starts tp relax. Someone drops a bowl of chip dip onto your freshly shampooed rug. Calmly you assess the situation and deal with it in your usual manner. You open your mouth and shriek 'get to your bed AT ONCE, do you hear me!' Then too, if you're lucky, you get to entertain your husband's boss, who's just blown in from the big city. You throw on a couple of extra courses to impress him, blackmail the children into putting on their company behavior and take ten minutes out to cast an eye over the newspaper, just so he'll know you're not in the intellectual twilight zone. Eventually he rises from the table-replete with good food, good conversation, good manners - and heads for the bathroom. Ever the charming hostess you show him the way, and in your most refined voice you say: don't forget to flush the toilet.' They say the art of gracious living is dying out. Believe it! believe it! DO YOU NEED HELP? . THE LETHBRIDGE ASSOCIATION FOR THE MENTALLY RETARDED IS OFFERING A NEW SERVICE "TAKE A BREAK" For parents of children with all types of handicaps, In Lethbridge and surrounding area. DAY CARE CENTER MON., THURS. AND FRI. BABYSITTING IN THE HOME, ETC. For further information call 327-2911 LaMarsh on women ���IP?''' By MAUREEN JAMIESON Family Editor Jokes about women drivers and mothers-in-law, according to Judy LaMarsh, are really saying women are only half-people, and "not really whole individuals, with the same kind of aspirations and hopes and abilities as the other half of the population." Miss LaMarsh, former federal cabinet minister, was the keynote and final speaker at the three-day seminar on discrimination sponsored by the University of Lethbridge. "Discrimination has existed in the minds of humanity for thousands of years about women." she said. "In the past, there has been inculcated into men and women a feeling that women are sex objects - they're there to satisfy a sexual appetite. They're there to recreate the race. They're there to nurture. It's pretty well universal. "It came, obviously, when we came out of the trees or wherever we came from. We be- gan to develop certain roles," Miss LaMarsh explained. "The sexual role sharpened and divided because the woman had to bear the child and she was thus confined to a smaller area . . . whereas man's view became wider and more generalized and more space-oriented, because he had to go out and get the fleet animal. And so he developed strength and muscle. "Since the beginning of time, women have really been trained to work alone," she said. "They've been trained to work in their own particular domestic situation, and they've been trained to be sharply competitive. ."And so they have learned to distrust other women and to work against them, because there's always a fierce sense of competition; whereas men join together in cameraderie, because they realize that in joining together there is strength. "There have been stages where women have had full rights legally, socially and eco- she nomically, with men," pointed out. "And this country - particularly the west, the Prairies, women shared all t h e rigors and all the responsibilities of men; when they had to fight off marauders; when they had to help to plow . . . and often when their husbands were away for long periods of time they had to be the masculine figure. "It should be easier on the Prairies for people to realize that women have - given the opportunity - great capabilities," said Miss LaMarsh, "and yet I think it's not. "Because after one passes through that period of great difficulty, the woman becomes more a status symbol and becomes an indication of how wealthy" a man is. Because of the things he can give her, "she becomes less and less his partner in life and less and less a human being, and more and more an ornament - proof of what he's been able to achieve as a man." Occasional stirrings JUDY LaMARSH LIS. equal rights amendment encounters stiff opposition "From time to time over the centuries there's been a stirring," she said, "and certainly, whenever there's been a war, suddenly no one has any objection to women working. "We remember, those of us who are older, women ... doing the jobs that their husbands left behind. "Men were pretty glad to be able to hire them, and they found that women were pretty good employees. ; "But when, of course, the men came back from the war," said Miss LaMarsh, "the women were expected to put their ambitions and their training, m their knowledge and their ability, in their pocket - and go back home to create a family. "Whenever there is a shortage of jobs, such as is the present situation, there is a feeling that married women have no right working. "No one looks at the kind of contribution they could make. No one looks at what would happen if you stunt your country by cutting them out of the economic life of it. "B u t everyone says it's a man's responsibility to keep the family and the children, and the wife should not moonlight and has no right to deprive a man of a job. "I think," she said, "that feeling rises more often, really, in the lower economic levels and that's because a man, more and more often in our society, realizes that he is kind of powerless to direct his life. "He works with big corporations or in big industry, and there's less and less of Ms soul and less and less of his mind- of himself-that goes into the job. "So he realizes he's probably pretty replaceable by anybody with just a modicum of train- ing," she explained. "People are frightened by the fact" of great change and "that d/ring their lifetime they might not even be able to keep themselves, much less keep a family. "The upshot of all this has been that women have been trained not to look after themselves. We're taught to cry. Little boys are taught they must be brave. "We're taught that If we're pretty and if we're nice, we can con Daddy, and we begin to realize that we don't have muscles and we don't have a lot of tilings, but we have something that's come to be described as 'women's wiles.' "And that too, demeans us, because we can't honestly state our needs and our desires. We learn as little children to mask those with something else, and to sort of wheedle around the male figure in the home." COMMENTARY By FRED BARNES Washington Star-News WASHINGTON - The equal rights amendment - the proposed 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution - is in trouble and may be defeated. In the last two weeks, six states have voted against ratification of the amendment which would provide equal rights for women. And in two of the 25 states which have approved the measure - Nebraska and Idaho-strong efforts to rescind ratification have sprung up. Supporters of the amendment, which is popularly known as ERA, continue to be optimr istic that the necessary 38 states will vote to ratify. Some are still predicting that ratification will occur this year. The amendment has seven years to pass - until March 1979 - but the supporters feel that it may be hi trouble if ratification is not completed this year. Fervent opposition to the amendment has developed in Centre Village Mall Dear Ladies: PRWC Jiufvrt Spiuj'llii .-7.7V- Phone 323-6980 One day only Monday, February 12th between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. We are 'holding a FREE DEMONSTRATION OF WHAT CAN BE DONE WITH SYNTHETIC HEAT RESISTANT HAIRPIECES and WIGS This is your personal Invitation to visit us and observe the stylist create many popular styles or feel free to challenge her to try a special request. Our instant glamour heat resistant wigs and' hairpieces are something wo are proud to present. The reasonable prices help make them even more exciting. We want you all to know about them because we feel this is "SOMETHING YOU WILL ENJOY." Sincerely JEANINE and CAROL MERCHANT PRINCE some states, and several groups, such as the Stop ERA Committee and Happiness of Women, are spearheading a national campaign against it. The intensity and effectiveness of the opposition initially caught ERA advocates by surprise. Now they are braced forft a full-scale battle to win ratification. The amendment is one sentence: "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex." The great success of ERA in the early months after it cleared congress encouraged the belief that the amendment was destined for swift and easy ratification. By mid-Jurl, 14 states had approved the measure. In many of them, such as Maryland, it sailed through the legislature without any opposition, and by the end of the year 22 states had ratified ERA. So far this year, three more have done so, but this is half the number of states which rejected it since the new year began. Virginia killed the measure. A committee of the general assembly voted 13 to 2, to pass by the measure indefinitely. The action followed a heated lobbying effort by both opponents and advocates of ERA. Last week, a legislative hearing on the amendment drew nearly 1,000 people, one of the largest crowds ever to attend a general assembly hearing. The Virginia battle attracted Phyllis Schlafly of Alton, HI., a right-wing activist who is heading the well-financed Stop ERA Committee. She told the legislative committee studying the amendment that ERA would take away the special position held by women in American society.' "They'd have to carry the same 40-to-50 pound loads as men," she commented. THE BETTER HALF By Barnes "Life may begin at 40 . . . But on you it shows." HELP US TO HELP OTHERS! The Salvation Army Welfare Services Need Clothing, Furniture, Toys, Household Effects CALL 328-2860 FOR PICKUP SERVICE OR LEAVE AT 412 1st AVE. S. $ $ CASH BINGO $ TONIGHT, SATURDAY-7:30 O'CLOCK HUNGARIAN OLD TIMERS HALL A $100 Blackout Bingo played for till wen very Saturday plus 2-7-Number Jackpots JACKPOTS NOW $115 AND $90 5 Cards for $1.00 or 25e each (Located Next to No. 1 Firehall) $ BAKER'S FABRIC CENTRE "A MEASURE fOR QUALITY BY THE YARD" Specializing in Fabrics, Drapery, and Sewing Needs Centre Village Mall Phone 328-4336 Best education for men "If the family finances are discussed," Miss LaMarsh continued, "if there's enough for one to go to university, the boy is chosen, regardless of his scholastic record. And one can't really blame the family, because that's the rule. That's the law. The man has to support a wife and the children. "And what's worse," she said, "we're crippled more than any other way by being told we don't have to keep ourselves. We don't have to learn to be economically independent. "Nobody points out to us the statistics which show that in this country as in the rest of North America, most of the women who work, work because they have to. "Nobody tells us that the likelihood is that at some period of our lives we will have to be able to keep ourselves. We are taught still that work is a stopgap. "And little girls that grow up as I did in high school are taught it's fine to be friends with boys, but don't teach them too much," she said. "Don't help them too much ... or they'll see you as a mother-figure and they'll turn to someone else when it comes to dates. "You know, we are deprived by that, and we are also deprived of the real joy of being friends with boys and with men. " _ .............._......... fl More Family on page 15 "When you come to high school, the kids are built in a mold and they all act the same way. The little girls simper and try to get attention, and it doesn't really matter what their marks are by the time they reach puberty. "What they care about is whether they have an invitation to the Friday night dance. "Well, men haven't just done this," she said. "It's no good to blame men and make enemies out of them. Society has done it. "It's done because originally there was a psychological as well as a physiological difference between us. "But it has, of course, come to a stage now where agility and strength and all those things don't really mean very much. "In so much of life," she said "there isn't the same need for that which man was made to develop. And for women, the softness and the necessity of being able to make a home has gradually disappeared. "Indeed, I think the necessity to make a home has become much more important to all people. "Why are women suddenly feeling a need for a sense of personal achievement - for a sense of doing something other than just being mothers?" she asked. Books are being written about women's awakening, she said, and women are beginning to realize "they are not alone in their feelings. "I have just turned 48 and through my life there has been much in the way of discrimination. But until a few years ago, it didn't occur to me that there was anything I could do about it. "It was only when all of us realized that there were so many of our sisters with the same feeling that we began to get together and talk about our mutual experiences, and to realize that in co-operation - something that men had learned 30,000 or 40,000 years ago- we could have strength and we could begin to change things!" ATTENTION PARENTS We knew you like to have your children develop a fine 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 am. 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