Women and their Work


EDWINA SETON September 1 1923
Women and their Work


EDWINA SETON September 1 1923



Question—Miss M. S., Nova Scotia: Can you tell me something about Social Service work? Is training given anywhere

in Canada?

Answer—Yes. Both McGill University, Montreal, and the University of Toronto, offer this training. In the case of the latter University either one of two courses may be taken—a two-year course leading to a diploma, or a one-year course leading to a certificate. Matriculation is the minimum entrance requirement, but personality and suitability are also considered in choosing students from among

the candidates. The fees are very reasonable. Graduates are usually successful in securing good appointments on completing their course, which fits them for service among the poor, in hospital work, in settlement houses, etc.

Question—A. M., London, Ont.: Will you kindly give me a list of the Sick Children’s Hospitals in Canada?

Answer—Toronto, Winnipeg, Ottawa, have hospitals for sick children, and I understand your city has one in course of construction.

Question—Mrs. L. A. B., Toronto: Your column in my estimation is one of the most interesting in MacLean’s Magazine. I wonder if you can advise me where I could find a market for short one or two-act sketches, which I much enjoy writing.

Answer—I have forwarded you the names of one or two producers and several publishers v/ho specialize in short plays, and wish you success in your interesting work.

Question—Miss L. M., Ont.: Could you tell me what to sell in a gift and novelty shop?

Answer—Here are some of the articles noticed in a very successful shop of the gift order: Murray Bay homespuns and blankets, cotton quilts tufted in color, baby’s wash rags made like a white bath towelling mit, the top like a rabbit’s head; pottery from various places, quaint Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy dolls, hot water bottles, dressed up in Canton flannel to look like rabbits or dogs; round tin boxes enamelled in color. Toys and small leather goods are attractive, such as memo pads, address books, etc. Tea cosies, luncheon sets, handkerchiefs, edged with crochet in a color; door knockers, door weights, and a host of other things too numerous to mention, should sell well.

Question—Hopeful, Alta.: I have on hand two song poems which I want to sell to some composer and publisher. Can you give me the address of some Canadian corporation who buys song poems? Can you give me, too, an idea of the price to'ask. The average price for work of that kind is all that will be necessary.

Answer—I have been in touch with two music publishers in Toronto but found they were not interested in poems unless set to music. They suggested it would be best if you could arrange with a musician to provide a musical setting for your poems. A composer informs me that the average amount paid for song poems is small. For instance she obtained permission from the Century to use one of Eugene Field’s poems and paid only $5 to the magazine for it. Many writers, too, are glad to give their poems for this purpose. If you cannot find a musician who will set your poems to music, why not try to sell them to a magazine, and if they are really suitable for setting to music, they will have a chance of being discovered by some composer.

Question—Marie—I have spent three years at high school and two years at home. Is it possible with my education, to take a dietitian’s course either in a college or some hospital? If not, would you kindly send me some particulars concerning social service work.

Answer—-If you are not less than twenty years of age and got your Ontario Entrance to Normal, or Ontario Junior Matriculation certificate, you would be eligible for the Macdonald Institute Two Year Normal Course, which would prepare you to do dietitian’s work, women’s institute work, or to take a commercial position such as the charge of an employees’ cafeteria or a tea room. But if you wished to teach in Ontario, you would have to take the one-year Normal course in addition. The hospitals accept as pupil dietitians only these students who have completed their dietetic studies at a recognized institution.

Courses in Social Service are given in Toronto and McGill Universities. Those who take this training must come up to a high educational standard, as well as show peculiar fitness for the work.

Question—Mrs. H. L., Alberta— Would you help me by sending me some notes for a paper on “Modern Dress?”

Answer—I have sent you a detailed outline, pointing out the following subheads on which you can enlarge: Dress is a mirror, reflecting world events, whether they be war clouds, archaeological discoveries, sporting matters, a new celebrity, historic periods, etc.

Dress, too, expresses women’s mental outlook. For instance, the clinging early Victorian type wore simple frocks with low necks, very short sleeves, a sentimental sash, a rose in the hair, and light slippers laced criss-cross with ribbons. To-day’s girl dons heavy wool sweaters and breeks for sports. Tailor-made clothes for business and strong sensible shoes

for walking. Her figure is natural, not laced or restrained in any way, attesting she has to a great extent broken loose from the restraints and trammels of convention that formerly bound her. Finally didn’t Emerson say: “The consciousness of being-well dressed, bestows more self-confidence than even the consolations of religion?”

Question—J. F., Toronto—I would like to know whether the field of cartooning is promising, and if it would be wise to take a course by mail, or wait and learn cartooning at University. I am very young, but am considering cartooning as a business.

Answer—Yes, the field is very promising indeed to those possessed of great ability in that direction. Your best course would be to enroll at the Ontario College of Art here when attending the University, as a thorough training in drawing is most essential for this work. Originality, which is the bones and sinew of cartooning, you would have to supply yourself.

Question—E. M., Montreal—I am a stenographer, and have an idea of taking up kindergarten work with a view to opening one some day. Could you tell me if this course is taught anywhere in or near Montreal, and if so, could it be studied without giving full time to it? And about how long a course is it? Could you also advise about what the usual charge is for children at a kindergarten? Do you think it a good business for a woman of 28 with one year’s teaching experience, and several years of office work behind her?

Answer—A course of training for kindergarten teachers is given at the School for Teachers, Macdonald College, about 20 miles from Montreal. To be eligible for this course, a teacher must hold an Intermediate Diploma, or a Kindergarten Assistant’s Certificate, the latter of which is given, in co-operation with the Protestant Board of School Commissioners of Montreal, after a two years’ course of lectures and practice work in the schools under that Board. The Kindergarten course extends over a term of nine months and it is impossible to engage in any other work while taking it. • Full details may be obtained from Dean Sinclair Laird, M. A., Macdonald College, Que. There is no regular charge for pupils in a private Kindergarten. A teacher must set a reasonable estimate upon her own services, calculate her running expenses, and ask sufficient tuition fees to cover all such outlays. If you are fond of children and have a certain amount of executive ability, I think this would be a good vocation for you.

Question—Miss M. F., Alta.—Kindly give me full information concerning the painting and selling of magazine covers. What kind do you think proves most popular with the people? Does the purchaser like them done in oil, water or pastel? Where would an amateur send her pictures?

Answer—I asked our Editor what subjects are most popular on magazine covers, and he said: “Girl heads. Idea covers. Covers done in the style of Arthur Heming.” They are painted in oil or done in pastel and quite often are 30 by 40 inches in size. A humorous subject or something typically Canadian might meet with favor. The only way is to submit your work to editors until it meets with acceptance, keeping of course in mind the special style of cover that each of the magazines favors. Perhaps a detail in an Alberta wheat field might give you a subject —say a farm-hand resting by a stook, eating his lunch at noonday.' That would be typically Western.

Question—Widow—“Can you tell me any place in Winnipeg where lip reading is taught? I will have to do some work to add to a very reduced income, and find it impossible on account of deafness which is getting gradually worse as I grow older."

Answer—Will this correspondent please send me a stamped self-addressed envelope? Meanwhile 1 have written to a Winnipeg specialist to ask if there is instruction given in Winnipeg in lip reading, and will be pleased to pass on the word when I hear from him. Should any of our readers know of anyone giving this instruction, we shall be glad to have details.