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Discussion Between the Sexes – July 1920

(Nancy Astor was the first female MP in the British Parliament, elected in 1919. This is an interesting perspective from Margaret) Among men, it is a common criticism of our first lady MP that she has “chipped in” too much. … Continue reading

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Woman Marine Engineer – April 1923

Recently a young woman made a sea voyage as a marine engineer. How she came to be preferred to a man is not unfolded but we are informed that she served her apprenticeship during the war years when any form … Continue reading

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Love Honour and Obey – March 1913

Not infrequently of late years, brides have been successful in persuading the ministers who performed their marriage ceremony to omit the word “obey” from the service. (I am ignorant of the Prestyberian form of religious marriage service, and do not … Continue reading

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Habits of the Workshop – February 1919

The pavements of Glasgow streets bear striking evidence to the fact that tens of thousands of people are idle. In many parts it is impossible to walk without stepping into some vile expectoration. If one has to push through a … Continue reading

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What a Woman Should Read – January 1900

In the days of our grandmothers — those thrifty, industrious women — reading was a crime, unless out of The Book. Secular reading was idleness and worse. Women of our class were not sufficiently educated to be able to understand … Continue reading

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Things a Girl Should Learn – January 1898

There are three things not much taught in schools that every domestic girl would be wise to learn. The first is physiology, ie., elementary knowledge of the structure of the human body, of its organs and their functions. The next … Continue reading

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Suffragette at Home – December 1909

“I see that Gretchen isn’t a suffragette,” remarked the master of the house as I put two lumps of sugar into his fourth cup of tea. “She doesn’t expect the men to wait upon themselves.” “Oh, Don’t be deceived by … Continue reading

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Why Make Life Easier – May 1912

Once when a child I was sent to a grocer’s shop with an order and I heard a girl ask for a packet “of that new kind of black-lead that didn’t take so hard to brush.” A middle-aged man, standing … Continue reading

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Education – May 1899

Fifty or sixty years ago, in a top Scottish country school only one boy learned geography. None studied grammar. A few girls learned the multiplication tables and were instructed in the mysteries of adding and subtraction, at which their fathers … Continue reading

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Doing Twa Weemens Work – April 1894

All semi-barbarous people make the women do the hardest work; the men reserve their strength for fighting. Even in this century, the Highland women carry the manure to the fields on their backs, dig the soil and carry home the … Continue reading

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