The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Thursday, January THE LETMHRIOQE HERALD 19 Critics claim tokenism I in UN staff appointment UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (AP) Some women's libbers cried tokenism when Helvi Sipila was named to the highest-ranking job ever held by a woman on the United Nations staff a year assistant secretary general's post. The title sounded im- pressive, the critics said, but in reality Mrs. Sipila was still dealing with matters' traditionally handled by women-social development and humanitarian af- of something with clout, like political issues. The 58-year-old grand- mother with the blonde hair and light blue eyes of her native Finland is aware of the criticism. But she divorces herself from the most rabid liberation movements. "I'm going much deeper into the she says. "I'm defending the rights of both men and women. There should be equality of men and women, equal opportunities." Men "should also concern themselves about being dis- criminated she says. "It has been taken for granted that woman is the only one who has the right to take care of the children. The ideal is for both to do more for the family together." Mrs. Sipila makes it clear, Ann Landers Dear Ann Landers: I read with great sadness the letter from the gentleman whose aged father was dying and how the doctors were doing everything under the sun to keep the old man alive even though he "wanted to go. Another example of man's in- humanity to man. My beloved father-in-law was 98 years old. There were no tubes or machines to keep him breathing, but for, one solid week we watched him as he tried to escape this vale of tears. It was hearbreaking. We had a dog we all loved dearly. He suffered a heart at- tack and was in so much pain he couldn't even lie down We took him to the veterinarian and I held his paw while the doctor gave him a shot of sodium pentathol which he never even felt. In a short time he was out of his agony. Why can't we be as benevolent to mankind? I.V.A. Dear I.V.A.: I have been an outspoken and vociferous critic of using "extraordinary measures" to keep a person alive when two or three doc- tors have concluded that the patient is hopelessly ill with a terminal disease. To deny a person the right to die with dignity is wrong. Your suggestion, however, that a suffering patient be "put out of his as your dog was, is quite another matter. I dp not believe in "mercy killing" and cannot condone a decisive act-to end a human life Dear Ann Landers: My hus- band and I recently returned from a trip to India and Ceylon. We met some fascinating people along the way. An English woman in In- dia wore a tiny gold ring in her nose with a diamond in it. I just fell in love with the way it looked. I asked my husband if he would mind if I had my nose pierced. He said it was all right with him. The hole would be small (like the ones in my ears) and it wouldn't show when I wasn't wearing the ring. Wouldn't it be a great con- versation piece? A.T. Dear A.T.: Go ahead if you feel like it. Another hole in your head won't matter. But don't be surprised if nobody notices. What with exposed navels, see-through blouses, and thigh-high slits in skirts very few people are looking at noses anymore. Dear Ann Landers: The letter signed "Average Slob" was a complaint against a, "crazy-clean nut" in the of- fice who never does her share of the work because she is too busy housekeeping." You call- ed the complainer a "com- pulsive neurotic." I have a hunch Fm the "nut." May I -have equal time? I work for a detective agency. Our office is open 24 hours a 'day. We all use the same equipment. When I arrived at work this morning I found six coffee cups on my desk, sticky spills of soda pop, potato chips, half-eaten sandwiches, ashtrays full of butts, and candy wrappers on the floor. Am I neurotic for wanting to clean up the debris? I find it impossible to work in such filth. I resent your answer. Salt Lake Suspect Dear Salt: YOUR situation and the one that triggered the complaint are 180 degrees apar.. "Crazy-Clean Nut" went around disinfecting telephone mouthpieces and wiping fingerprits off the fil- ing cabinet. YOU clean up the place to make it livable. Get to work a half-hour ear- ly tomorrow morning and have a heart-to-heart talk with those pigs who work the shift ahead of you. And if you don't get results, form a com- mittee and go to the boss. Discover how to be date bait without falling hook, line and sinker. Ann Landers's booklet, "Dating Do's and will help you be more poised and sure of yourself on dates. Send 35% in coin along with a long, stamped, self-addressed envelope and your request to Ann Landers, P.O. Box 3346, Chicago, 111. 60654 Copyright 1973, Field Enterprises, Inc. LAW REPEALED Belgium has legalized con- traceptives for the first time. however, that she is intensely concerned with feminist aspirations and denial of op- portunities to women. FEW MAKE TOP Statistics show only eight women compared to 271 men holding director-level jobs on the UN roster of inter- national civil servants. And the UN secretariat "won't have a better record until the governments themselves have a better record" of employing women in high-ranking posts, she says. In one area, women's suf- frage, Mrs. Sipila sees great progress. At the start of the Second World War, she says, there were only 32 countries where women could vote. Now there are only five where women Kuwait, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The status of women in the industrialized world is mark- ed by "increasing freedom choice to do what they wan: with their Mrs. Sipila says. An only child, Mrs. Sipila grew up on a 700-acre farm 65 miles from Helsinki that has been in the family since 1589. She says her father was "my best supporter, my best de- fender" when she decided to study law over the opposition of relatives who warned she "would never finish and he'd be wasting his money." She says her mother also was an independent spirit who held a job of her own as an assistant to an importer. Right now she is busy organ- izing an international forum on the role of women in pop- ulation and development that will begin in New York Feb. 25. She says it is the first forum to which only women in leadership posts from each UN member state are being invited. Mrs. Sipila, married to a lawyer she met when she was a student, says she "hardly had time to go to the hospital to deliver" their four children in the midst of her career. 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