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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tueedey, February It, 1174-THE LETHMIDOE HERALD-17 1 Female prison staffers welcomed, not resented MI in nrison to what he will face when difficult for females. Tl OTTAWA (CP) "If you feel you are going to be raped or held hostage, wear something suitably protective." That bit of advice is contained in a list of dos and don'ts for women employees published by Discussion, the magazine of the penitentiary service. The advice, tendered with tongue ever so slightly in cheek by Johanna Hickey, chief of special programs for the service, goes on: "Otherwise stay fashionably feminine (but be prepared for a crowd to gather every time you climb metal stairs) or borrow a uniform from a female correctional officer. "A pair of brown oxfords, hair drawn back into' a bun, and horn-rimmed glasses will not only ensure that you are not sexually assaulted, but hardened criminals will weepingly call you mother." Don't be nervous, she says; the male staff will give the female employee more solitious attention than the guest speaker at a church social Numbers increase The fact that Discussion carried this advice underlines a quiet phenomenon in the penitentiary service. Women are entering it in increasing numbers and, by some accounts, are being welcomed with open arms-figuratively speaking-by many prisoners and officials. The major resistance seems to come from male staff and some male senior management. As they enter this tough world the male prisoners are declining to justify some ap- prehensions of rape, molestation or assault. Only one woman has been seriously threatened and she feels she was in no real danger. There is no conscious effort to recruit women. They are applying for and passing public service examinations open to both sexes. So low-key is the women's hiring that it took Mona Ricks, a penitentiary information officer who is an enthusiastic advocate of women in the service, a week to find out that there were 412 female employees. One hundred and twenty-three of these are in frequent contact with male prisoners. They are classification officers, psychologists, psy- chiatrists, nurses and persons in the middle- management level. More being sought This is too few for Commissioner Paul Faguy, who says the innovative and dynamic treatment program the service is attempting to imple- ment cannot operate effectively without women. On possible danger to the women on the staff, he says "it has been suggested the females are more vulnerable to be taken hostage or to be physically or sexually assaulted "The findings of other countries do not support this.... If females wish to seek employment with CPS (Canadian Penitentiaries Service) and to enjoy equal pay and equal benefits, they must accept the risks which are encountered by all CPS staff" "Of course, there's said Mona Ricks, whose work frequently takes her to the penal institutions, but she added there is not as much as males would have you believe Develop rapport She said female staff members and prisoners develop a rapport, an empathy, a respect that is uncanny. "They (prisoners) are people when we are talking to them. We do not consciously condemn them again. Men condemn and condemn and condemn." Jean Young, who last year was the first and only woman to be held hostage in the Canadian penitentiary service, put it this way: "I still enjoy working with inmates. I'm convinced females are needed as classification officers. Perhaps because inmates are segregated from regular female company they talk easily to a female in a counselling role. Whatever it is, women have a definite place in the rehabilitation of inmates." She is a classification officer at the British Columbia penitentiary at New Westminster She was held hostage for a time by two prisoners last year. Aftei her release she said she did not feel she was in danger. A classification officer deals with many of the social welfare problems of a prisoner, from what he does in prison to what he will face when he leaves. Brings in nurses Another enthusiastic supporter of women in the prison service is A. Ronald Arrowsmith, head of what used to be an all-male nursing serv- ice. He said the old feeling that women are fragile is poppycock. "I've worked with women all my life. They are stronger than wa are." Mr. Arrowsmith brought in female nurses to fill in for male nurses sent cff for training. The training was necessary because many male nurses had no qualifications, despite the fact they had worked in the service for years. He said the women have been a success, whether working as psychiatric nurses in the medical centre at Abbotsford, B.C., or elsewhere as registered nurses. Some of them will have to leave once the men come back from training, but Mr. Arrowsmith sees no chance that nursing will ever again be an all-male profession in the service. Reports support Mr. Arrowsmith's feeling that there is little prisoner hostility to female nurses. 'Protect' nurses One informant said prisoners in one area "protect the nurses" from male staffers who feared for their jobs and were making things Ann Landers difficult for females. The prisoners were saying they prefer a qualified female nurse to an unqualified male. Johanna Hickey said women are sometimes cast in the role of unwelcome intruders but "this will change as more females are employed." "So remember that as a female you'll be under the microscope until you've been ac- she advised her female employees "You'll hear dark mutterings when you make even the tiniest slip. But just bear with it and maybe your male colleagues will eventually con- cede that perhaps you're a bit brighter than the average idiot. "However, don't be disappointed if that's all the praise you get. The 'revolution' still has a long way to go Here is a breakdown of female penitentiary employees across the country Maritimes: Total 28, including one classification officer Quebec: Total 110, including five classification officers, two psychologists, 18 nurses and three in management. Ontario: Total 152, including four classification officers, two psychologists, one psychiatrist, 24 nurses and 21 in management West: Total 122, including 10 classification officers, two psychiatrists, four registered nurses, 22 psychiatric nurses and four in management Dear Ann Landers: Here's more testimony for one of your pet topics: "If you drink don't drive And I want you to know my husband is no drunk He actually prefers coffee. Carl was attending a wedding reception. I was- unable to be there. He called me about 8 30 p.m. and said he'd be home later "Later" was the next day. I waited for him until a m., a.m, 4 00 a.m. I was going out of my mind when he called to say, "I'm in jail. I'm not drunk. Don't worry Goodbye." Before he hung up I coaxed him into putting someone on the line who could give me more information. Sure enough, he WAS in jail. I went down and paid the bond but was unable to bring Carl home until the next morning. They refused to release him until he was legally sober. It took six hours We were advised by our insurance company to get a lawyer. The lawyer is going to charge us ONLY because he has helped us with other matters. (Most lawyers charge from to Carl will be lucky if he gets off with a fine. This state doesn't care whether you're a chronic drinker or not If they catch you once they throw the book at you, even if it's your first offense Rotten, isn't it? His Wife Dear Wife: Sony, but I'm with the state that throws the book. If your husband had killed somebody it wouldn't matter much to that somebody's family whether Carl was a steady boozer or a guy who prefers coffee THE BETTER HALF Any person who gets behind the wheel of a car while drunk should be treated as a criminal because he is, in every sense of the word, a potential killer Dear Ann Landers: The letter about the hostess of the cocktail party who excused herself, put on tennis shoes and climbed the ladder to the roof of her house to get a little boy's kite was beautiful. It reminded me of another wonderful lady. I'll love her to my dying day. Many years ago my little brother had a bike accident four blocks from home. He cut his foot badly. He dragged himself to the nearest house. The woman who answered the door was having a party. When she saw my kid brother she put him in her car and drove him to the hospital. Then she called our house and found out I was home alone. So she 'came over and stayed with me until my parents arrived. The doctor said if it hadn't been for that woman's quick thinking my brother would have lost his foot So God bless another lady who was "rude" to her guests. Grateful Dear G.: Life can be lovely when people care about each other. Thanks for a heart warmer. It'f not always easy to recognize love, especially the first time around. Acquaint yourself with the guidelines. Read Am Landm's "Love or Sex and How To Tell the Difference." For a copy, mall in cola and a long, stamped, self-addressed envelope with your request to Ann Landers, P.O. Box 33M, Chicago, 01. Mt54. Weight rules of pregnancy 'nonsense' TORONTO (CP) It is non- sense to say arbitrarily how much weight a woman should gain when she is pregnant, a researcher says. A woman who has doubts about her doctor's opinion on the subject of weight should do as she pleases, using moderation as her guide. Dr. Donald Hill, doing re- search into fetal growth at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, was one of several speakers at a seminar on nutrition last week sponsored by provincial voluntary agencies involved in services to children "We don't know what controls birth weight in he said. "There is tremendous biologic variability. We can't single out nutrition as the most important thing." He said full-term infants that weigh less than grams when they are born often show effects of under- nutrition, but the relation to maternal nutrition is open to question. He said experiments are being done with animals to try to find out exactly how a fetus is nourished. He said he is not convinced a connection can be made be- tween birth weight and infant mortality, and he told his au- dience not to be too quick to accept new theories Dr. Dick Hamilton, also of the Hospital for Sick Children, set off an argument with nutritionists hi the audience when he said milk is not the universal wonder food it is sometimes said to be. "There are good things about milk, it is an inexpensive source of high quality protein, but the cow also produces carbohydrate and fat." He said little severe under- nutrition exists among Canada's children Several nutritionists taking part in the discussion said the desire for status is the principal cause of malnutrition in Canada. Stella Grant of Montreal said the poor don't need the aid of specialists to tell them how to eat PUBLIC BINGO 16 GAMES BLACKOUT Until Won) EVERY THUBS.-8 Papoose-s tyle London housewives, Christine Crobert, left, and Shirley Verity, both take advantage of the papoose- style baby slings offered recently, as part of a new scheme by a supermarket chain store to prevent baby-snatching when left outside in prams. BINGO Wednesday ML- GOLD CARDS PAY DOUBLE FREE CARDS EAGLES HALL 13th ST. N. FREE GAMES No CWWftJfi UitOtW 10 LEGION BINGO EVERY WEDNESDAY at 8 p.m. JACKPOT BLACKOUT IN 56 NUMBERS OR LESS pn GAME S50 JACKPOT GAME S2S (X) 10th Jackpot in 51 Numbers FREE BUS SERVICE HOME AFTER BINGO MEMORIAL HALL PUBLIC MEMBERS AND GUESTS NORMANDY LOUNGE CHILDREN UNDER IS NOT ALLOWED By Barnes. "From now on read fiction, not menus! Calendar The Christian Science Church will hold a prayer and testimony meeting at 7-30 p.m. Wednesday in the church auditorium, 1203 4th Ave. S. Everyone welcome. The Lethbridge Chapter of Sweet Adelines will meet at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the church basement, 420 12th St. S. Women interested in singing and good fellowship are invited to attend. The Staff Nurses Association of the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital will meet at p.m. today in Classroom 1, of the nurses' residence. Proposals for the new contract will be discussed. Chinook Pensioners and Senior Citizens Organization will meet at p.m. Wednesday in the civic centre. Luncheon entertainment will follow the business meeting. 1974 memberships and calendars will be available. Transportation will be arranged as usual. SUPER SAVINGS EVERYDAY SUPER SAVINGS EVERYDAY AT THRIFTWAY SUPER SAVINGS EVERYDAY AT THRIFTWAY CO cc III o> THRIFTWAY DRUGS SUPER SAVERS FOOT NOTES by JOE Joe GREEN'S SHOES Downtown on SMh Street No the SIMS isnH going ool Jusl wants Jo show cffl his shoes JOE GREENS w ui CD o CO K III O. (0 Sugg. 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