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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Women have legal right to own credit cards Store policies perpetuate myth By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer Mary Smith has a steady job and a good credit record. Mary applies to Eaton's for j charge to Royal Bank for a Chargex card and Household Finance for a loan. The steady job and good zredit rating are all Mary needs to get unless she's married. If Mary is also Mrs. John her credit application usually requires Mary to give tier husband's place of work and length of employment. Credjt officials for Lethbridge stores and banks say it's not unusual for work- ing wives to apply and credit cards in their Herald Family name But it's also common for banks and loan com- panies to ask married women For information about their a practice two lawyers claim is unnecessary Two Edmonton lawyers in- terested in women's Margaret Shone and Jean say many stores and institutions stick to the myth that a husband is legally responsible for all his wife's debts A husband is re- quired by English common law tradition to provide his wife with clothing and shelter Apart from the wife is on her own in the market place and in the they agree Says Margaret Shone- have my own source of and I'm quite capable of looking after my own debts Margaret says credit managers who ask Mary Smith for information about her husband John are often following a company policy which discriminates against Mary by treating her as un- able to enter and honor her own financial contracts. Credit managers for Lethbridge department stores and lending institutions generally agree that informa- tion about John's place of work and his length of employment enhance Mary's credit rating. Some say their stores ask for information about the husband as tion Other's say it's a matter of And some say it's just good business to get two credit card accounts from one application. A Herald poll of credit policy at city banks 3 All New for Summer 74 I by Air Step In Bone or White AA B C and D widths S Soft as shown in Navy Bone or white AAA AA and B widths a real favorite -for summer dress up occasions CLOSED TOE SANDAL Exactly as shown in white or tan natural crepe sole Sizes 7 to 10 Alio many other ttyles K FLAT HEELED SANDALS v White with matching heel jute sling back _ Iv sensibly priced at 13 3 For Summer Fun' .S WHITE and TAN ITHONGS IDENTICAL MATCHING HANDBAGS to complement all your summer shoes OpsnThurt andFrl. until 9-00 p m Camm's Shoes 403 5th Street South Singers off to England The Anne Campbell Singers will leave July 26 for 3 where they will compete in an in- ternational festival in- volvmg 32 countries The festival includes piano x and all types of singing S The Lethbridge choir will enter several classes of choral solos and some piano After more than a week in the choir will travel to Den- mark where they will be hosted by an Esbjerg choir for one week From there they will go to Germany for a week and will arrive home Aug 23 8 A grant has been awarded to the group for this fourth trip abroad from the S Travel and Exchange Program under the federal government Some was provid- S ed by the provincial department of -i- youth and recreation and loan companies indicates Mary can't get credit from 'oan companies without giving information about husband John. Two exceptions to the rule are Zeller's and the Bank of Montreal. Zeller's Tina Meyring says her firm won't demand infor- mation about John if Mary has a good credit rating. The ac- she will be open- ed in Mary's name. Dennis assistant manager for the Bank of Montreal know of several married women that have their own credit cards He's also seen Master Charge applications approved by his bank with no informa- tion about a husband. Mr Sparks says his bank may ask Mary about her hus- band simply becuase the bank wants to get its Master Charge into John's wallet as well. Of city stores contacted recently by The only one refused to comment on credit policy. Woolco credit manager R. D Colpitts says Woolco con- siders credit procedure con- fidential Edmonton lawyer Margaret Shone talks of her experiences with credit- I was single I carried a credit card from Eaton's When I got married and asked for a name change they sent me a card asking in- formation about my husband just ignored the card and eventually I got a new card in my own she says Margaret has less success with Woodward's After ask- ing the Vancouver-based store for a new card in her own and giving her husband's Woodward's sent her a card in her husband's name This is Margaret's complaint wasn't applying I was Margaret says it's unfair for stores and lending in- stitutions to consider a woman's credit rating by first looking at her husband's- they ask where the woman but they still want the information about the husband never seen anyone very impressed by the fact I was the lawyer says most credit of- ficials continue to ask Mary Smith long has your hus- oand worked for his current Hollinsworth's Summer FASHION Clearance of DRESSES CASUAL OUTER WEAR COATS PANT SUITS SUITS SPORTSWEAR Shop and Save at all Hollinsworth' 93O ftth fttraaft ftrtnlh _ 497.4ftJSA r. All MaRI _ Dhnna 49JI.1A-f ft The LetKbridge Herald Fourth Section Alberta. July 1974 Pages 37 Nine women to sit in Commons OTTAWA A record nine women were elected Mon- day to sit in the Commons when Parliament and some will bring with them well earned reputations as giant- killers. Among the new female faces are Ursula a Toronto freelance writer and housewife who upset New Democratic Party Leader David Lewis in York and Aideen Nicholson who knocked off Progressive Conservative heavy Paul Hellyer. They are two of eight Liberal women who will sit in the 264- seat Commons. The only Conservative winner was Flora MacDonald of Kingston and the her party's Indian and northern af- fairs critic Miss MacDonald first won her seat in 1972. The new total of female MPs exceeds by three the previous high of six elected in the 1963 campaign. Re-elected to the Commons are Science Minister Jeanne Miss Momque Begin and Albanie Morin Grace the NDP veteran from Vancouver-King- did not run again and none of her party's 42 female candidates were elected. But her old riding fell to Liberal Simma an author and who overcame an majority for Mrs. Maclnnis in the 1972 election. Another new face is Tola a Prince Rupert alderman who chopped a majority away from former logger and NDP stalwart Frank Howard in the northwestern British Columbia riding of Skeena The other woman is Coline Campbell Western who ousted Charles Haliburton in the only seat in Nova Scotia that the Liberals took from the Conservatives For Mrs. Appolloni and Miss the victories gain- ed a measure of revenge over previous defeats. Miss Appolloni's an immigration appeal had run against Mr. Lewis in only to be defeated by votes. Miss Nicholson had been a candidate in 1972 against Mr. who was once a cabinet minister and Liberal lead- ership but who turned Conservative. Mr. Hellyer won in that election by 184 votes Miss a social benefited from the Lib- eral upsurge in Ontario and swept to victory on a majority. But the Liberal surge also cut short the hopes of a Con- servative Joyce who party officials had hoped would win this time. Mrs Bowerman lost to Norman Cafik in Ontario riding Mr a former contender for the leadership of the provincial Liberal had won by only four votes in 1972 The five new female MPs boosts the total of women who have taken places in the Commons to 27 since Agnes Mac- an Ontario Progressive won election in 1921. There was a record total of 135 female hopefuls in this nearly double the previous record high of 71 in 1972 Many of the women had small chance of such as the 13 NDP candidates in where the party has never won a seat. After his Prime Minister Trudeau made a passing reference to the new increased number of women who would sit in the Commons very pleased to have increased the number of women in this he said in a victory speech in Ottawa July is cherry month and to help you enjoy Uie fresh sunshine flavour of B.C. Cherries to the here is a delicious recipe your whole family will love. CHERRY CHEESECAKE 1 CRUST 1 package oz Holland lemon or graham wafers 2 tablespoons sugar teaspoon cinnamon 6 tablespoons melted butter 9 -inch spnngform pan or 11-inch French quiche pan with removable buttered FILLING 7 package oz plain cream cheese cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon flour 118 teaspoon salt 2 separated teaspoon vanilla 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind cup dairy sour cream GLAZE 2 pounds fresh B C Cherries cup granulated sugar tablespoons cornstarch Dash of salt cup cold water 1 teaspoon butter Red food colouring Roll rusks cookies or graham wafers into crumbs mix with sugar and cinnamon Add melted butter and mix well Press into buttered pan covering bottom and up the sides Have cream cheese and eggs at room temperature Beat cheese Add sugar gradually beating in well Add flour and mix Add egg yolks one at a time beating thoroughly after each addition Beat in vanilla lemon rind and dairy sour cream Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites Pour into crust Bake at 275 degrees F for 1 hours or until f llmg mixture is firm and lightly browned Cool pan on rack away from drafts Meanwhile make glaze by pitting cherries and reserving out 2 cups Mix sugar cornstarch and salt in a saucepan Add water brirtg to boil and cook until clear Add the 2 cups reserved cherries and cook a further 5 minutes or until there is no taste of raw starch Add butter and red food colouring if desired Cool Spoon over cooled cake Arrange remaining cherries on top Chill Serves 8-10 And July Is the time to buy lots ol juicy B.C. Chen-let lor all your homo preserving and treating too. For your copy of our Sunshine booklet on how to preserve and freeze B C tree send your address and in coin to B C Tree Fruits Ltd Dept 'N. B C ;