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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 18, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 - THE lETHBRIDOE HERALD - Thuraday, March It, 1971 Discrimination, lack of opportunity raised at women's status meet By MARILYN ANDERSON Herald Family Editor 'THE INVESTIGATIONS of the Royal Commission to study the status of women in Canada showed that there was discrimination, was lack of opportunity for women, said Mrs. Lola Lange, Alberta's representative on the commission. Mrs. Lange was addressing a public meeting in the Gait School of Nursing auditorium on the commission and its 167 recommendations. In political fields, education and labor, women are not being allowed to reach their full potential. Mrs. Lange said that very little original research had previously been done on women in Canada. Some of the material the commission has been compiled and is to be published. Three booklets which are now available are a comparison of men and women's salaries in academic professions; the cost to the Canadian economy of keeping women at home, and the patterns of manpower utilization in Canadian department stores. A future one will be the patterns of manpower utilization in Canadian banks. The commission used the Canadian Bill of Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as guidelines. One criterion set up by the commission was that women should be free to choose if, and where, to work. Mrs. Lange said that a single or married woman is relatively free to make this choice but once a child appears on the scene, the choice is not there. "I can't get over the amount of guilt that women have," said Mrs. Lange. "If you have an education and stay home with your children, you feel guilty; and if you go out to work and use your education but leave your children, you still feel guilty." That Society has a responsibility to its children, was another criterion, through mother, father and child. Maternity care and maternity leave was also favored in the report. The Commission found in teaching especially, that men were in the administrative positions even though women out- numbered the men in the profession. In managerial positions with the same number of years of training and comparable training, salaries for men averaged at $8,000; for women, $3,260. In professional and technical fields, men's salaries averaged at $7,600 and women $4,150. These figures are taken from the Dominion Bureau of Statistics. The status report deals with occupational segregation by sex. Girls have three choices, a teacher, a doctor or get married, she said. "Marriage becomes a totem pole in life." Role typing goes back to early childhood. "Why is it," she asked, "that the illustrations in books and magazines of doctors or electronics as professions, are of boys?" The school counsellor, said Mrs. Lange, has a societal image of women. "This goes right back into the home. We give little girls nurses' kits, we give little boys doctors' kits." The report deals at length with the role of women in public life. Women must take a more dominant role in elected and appointed positions such as public office and the senate, decided the commission. "We feel that women should not be appointed, nor elected' to anything because she is a woman, but she should not be expected to speak for women at this level." said Mrs. Lange. "Judy LaMarsh, when she was the only woman in parliament complained about this, that she was supposed to speak for all women. Grace Maclnnis now has the same problem." Mrs. Lange noted that Alberta's sole parliamentarian Mrs. Ethel Wilson, minister without portfolio, was given the report by the Alberta government to study and comment on. "I do not think that women should be appointed to speak for women. Women are people." Mrs. Lange commented on the lack of women in public office since they received the vote, and those who were there PUBLIC BINGO $500 JACKPOT 16 GAMES IETHBRIDGE ELKS LODGE ROOM (Upstairs) EVERY THURS-8 p.m. BEFORE YOU BUY CHECK OUR EVERYDAY LOW PRICES COME IN AND INSPECT OUR FULL LINE OF CARPETS FOR FREE ESTIMATES CALL ... Hamilton's Floor Coverings LTD. 909 3rd AVE. S. PHONE 327-5454 Youth advisory committee seeks Central School lot A special committee of the Youth Advisory Council of Lethbridge met Wednesday at the YMCA in order to discuss plans for a hostel in Lethbridge this summer. "We hope to be able to get Central School" said committee chairman, Alastair Mont of Lethbridge Family Services bureau. The committee has been studying the feasibility of using the first floor of the abandoned Central School to house transi- LADIES' SHOES  Heel Huggers  Gold Cross Spanish and Italian imports. 4A to B widths to size 12. 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FOOD RULES Canada's food rules recommend one daily serving of whole grain cereal and at least four slices of bread. . . . having an "at home" - just the two of you, cw.i** tin wi AHoats nuts were nearly all wives or daughters of former parliamentarians. She noted that although it was five Alberta women who pushed the legislation through parliament in 1927 making women "persons", not one Alberta woman has ever been appointed to the Senate. Citizenship and immigration also came under the scrutiny of the status study. Women may now keep their Canadian citizenship after marriage but could not do so before 1847. Until that time women assumed the dtizenshsp of their husbands. There are many women, however, said Mrs. Lange, who are caught in the position of having to apply for citizenship even though they were born and raised in this country. A woman's maiden name is her legal name, said Mrs. Lange. A woman does not have to change her name after divorce for this reason. An anachronism of society as far as immigration is concerned is that there is no law demanding that a woman cannot use her maiden name, but regulations demand it. There is no law which states that a woman must return her credit cards after marriage although companies wish to register a name change. Vagrancy under the Criminal Code makes a crime of being alone in the city without funds, and Mrs. Lange said the commission feels this is a hardship on women especially since there are not the homes for women as there are for men, and particularly for Indian women. "The judge tells you that the sentence is to make sure they are not on the streets the next night, but they get a criminal record, and it's not fair." As a follow up to the report, Mrs. Lange said a Human Rights Association has been suggested but that it has no power to enact legislation. She has approached the provincial government for a task force to study the report and help enact such recommendations as would be applicable on a provincial level, such as in day care and education. She said reforms are needed in income tax and in salary discrimination. She cautioned that men must be involved to discussions and decisions about the report, and the report frequently mentions equal r' i for men. Mrs. L? when asked whether women are apathetic said that wh . women are at home and cared for, they don't see the problems, and are, therefore, insulated rather than apathetic. The report, compiled by five women and two men took three years and a half to publication, and cost nearly S2 million. Mrs. Lange called the report "a good book on the social life of Canada." She suggested it should be made available both through the schools and public libraries. A provincial seminar is being planned for Calgary in May to give women an opportunity to discuss all aspects of the report. 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