MAILBAG

Women Can't Take It

July 15 1947
MAILBAG

Women Can't Take It

July 15 1947

Women Can't Take It

MAILBAG

Charlotte Whitton (“The Exploited Sex,” Maclean’s, April 15) has failed to look into some of the aspects of the case. A local branch of a bank here has had to employ five women to replace three men, thus making the place very crowded. Women take a lot more time off for sickness than men. A male employee of said bank told me that after the annual bank party three of the women failed to turn up next morning with excuses such as cold, flu, stomach trouble. (The latter probably true!) The three male members of the staff all arrived on time and though slightly the worse for wear they carried on their day’s work, plus the work of the three absent women.

In many cases equal pay for both men and women would be unfair. —Woman Who Knows Her Worth, Vancouver.

Here’s Why

You must have been hard up for a “filler” when you printed Charlotte Whitton’s article, “The Exploited Sex.” The little lady wonders why men get more preference and pay in industry, does she? I can sum those reasons up under three headings. They are:

(a) —Mea are more efficient.

(b) —Men are more rehable.

(c) —Men are much more often the sole support of dependents, the latter being four times out of five women or their offspring.—Veteran, St. Vital, Man.

Fie on You, Fraser!

In “What Now, Jean Baptiste?” (Maclean’s May 15) Blair Fraser callously dismisses New Brunswick as negligible in any comparison—just “poverty-stricken New Brunswick.” I had the impulse to arise and smite.

No doubt we shall go on sending a superior brand of college president, poet, scientist and politician to be snapped up by any province which has amassed a larger quantity of ducats than ourselves, but there have been indications of late that New Brunswick no longer intends to take “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,” lying down.

I am a Conservative, but will willingly hold Premier McNair’s coat should a further occasion for discipline arise. “Poverty-stricken New Brunswick!”—M. E. Veazey, St. Stephen, N.B.

Enter the Stranger

“Did This Happen to You?” (Maclean’s April 1 ) —‘ ‘You were looking at the Saturday night church ads of the city paper, and there, under a banner headline, a most intelligentlooking man in a wing collar was advertising proof from the Book of Revelation that the Anglo-Saxons were God’s chosen people.”

I take it that Mr. H. Gordon Green

intended that remark to be in the nature of a sneer. May I say that this is no time to belittle AngloSaxondom. God told His cho&en people that definitely they were not to allow the Stranger in the government and gave the reason—the Stranger would get above us very high and we would come down very low.—Henrietta Forman,Woodstock, Ont.

Maclean’s in School

I wish to express my appreciation of Maclean’s Magazine. As a ruralschool teacher I have made very good use of the pictures by Canadian artists which you make available to the public. These have a prominent place in my classroom and I feel that they are a contributing factor in the moral development of Canadian citizens.—N. J. Kroeker, Rosthern, Saskatchewan.

Keep ’em Clever

May I congratulate you on the many interesting and amusing covers during the past year. Such a relief from the ubiquitous young ladies seen so often, displaying—presumably—a row of large white teeth suitable for an advertisement for tooth paste. Please continue with the amusing and clever ones.— Mrs. R. A. Brock, Montreal.

—Thanks, but hope you'll forgive us this issue's bathing beauty. We just couldn't resist (presumably) those teeth. —The Editors.

Men Still Get More

In her article, “TheExploitedSex,” Charlotte Whitton states, “The male social worker in Toronto averages $1,392; the woman, $1,119 . . .”

The figures are not applicable to the voluntary social agencies affiliated with the Community Chest of Greater Toronto. A study of salaries of social workers in these agencies shows the following:

Average salary in 1947—$1,668. Average salary of professionally trained workers (graduates of School of Social Work)—$1,788. Average salary of nonprofessionally trained social workers in Toronto (perhaps university graduates or registered nurses, but not graduates of a School of Social Work)—$1,593.

The above figures do not include supervisors whose salaries averaged for 1947, $2,280. While it is true that male social workers averaged higher than female social workers by nearly $200, Chest agencies employed only five male social workers in 1947.—William H. Dewar, Executive Director, Community Chest of Greater Toronto.

—Miss Whitton gives full credit to Community Chest agencies for better than average pay, says she was dealing with non-Chest social workers.—The Editors.