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A WOMAN'S PLACE
A child is the weakest creature in our society. Capable of little, mean in understand-
ing, seldom credited with sense, a child is not trusted to differentiate between right
and wrong, or to know what is best for himself, or to hold responsibility in any form.
A child has no use or purpose except perhaps to give pleasure to those more mature or
knowledgeable than himself.
Yet in spite of his short-comings, a child is the symbol of hope. ln him is a fresh mind,
ready to be moulded by instruction and experience into a keen and able organ which
will in time, supplant the minds of his elders and bring new and perhaps better thoughts
into the world. In this way the world advances, spinning for ever "down the ringing
grooves of change" into new phases of progress.
From the beginning of time, woman has been regarded as the "child" of the world.
The first man who knocked the first woman over the head with his club and dragged her
into the nearest cave looked upon her with scorn as a weak, fragile and helpless creature.
And the scorn has persisted ever since. It has been a time-honoured custom to regard a
woman as merely an adornment in the home and a necessity for perpetuating the race. A
woman was considered incapable of understanding anything pertaining to mathematics,
science, business, or politics. Her limited intelligence was wholly employed in playing
the piano, embroidering a screen, or trimming. a hat. If she excelled in these shallow
feminine occupations, she earned the highest possible praise - she was "accomplished"
Yet, in truth, she had accomplished nothing useful or permanent.
Unlike a child, however, woman was never given credit for being able to benefit
sufficiently from experience and instruction to lead a useful life. When Florence Nightin-
gale decided to become a nurse, she withstood the scorn of her family for years before
they realized to their astonishment, that she was nursing the sick and wounded as well as
and even better than any man. When our grandmothers endeavoured to obtain a voice
in the government, it was regarded as a preposterous idea. And yet, these "children"
finally succeeded in making their voice heard and the franchise was extended.
Since then the emancipation of woman has been rapid. Now she is established in
every walk of life and accepted as a valuable citizen and competent worker in business,
drama, research, medicine, and even engineering. The worth of a woman as a useful
human being has been established.
But we, the women of tomorrow, have to keep this reputation valid. We must make
our lives worthwhile if we are to justify the faith, determination, and energy which has
been expended in bringing women equality. And so these days at school are days of
preparation in order that we may be ready and able to take advantage of the various
opportunities which will open to us as women. More than ever before we hold the future
in our hands.
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