Women and their Work


EDWINA SETON November 1 1924
Women and their Work


EDWINA SETON November 1 1924



MACLEAN’S Question Box offers the following service:

1. A vocational guide to young people, both girls and young men, who are desirous of getting into the work for which they are best suited. Letters of enquiry should give full particulars as to any special aptitude, personal tastes, and, if means allow, of writer’s taking advantage of full educational courses. A personal answer will be sent, covering fully all questions asked.

2. Assistance in preparing for debates, in writing club papers, or in advising what books to get for reading courses along certain subjects.

3. Suggestions furnished for church entertainments and social evenings.

4. Questions answered and information given on any subject not of a medical, technical or scientific nature. The service is free for the asking. Only a stamped, self-addressed envelope must be enclosed.

Question—Mrs. T., Alta.: The hangings in my well-lighted sitting-room are to be green and rose, with rug to match. What color would you suggest for the walls, also margin of floor around rugs and the window casings? What color would be suited to the floor of a bedroom with pink hangings?

Answer—The sitting-room walls might be done in tan oatmeal, or a smallpatterned two-toned tan paper. Floor margin could be a light oak, with window casings to match. For the bedroom either a grey, tan or green carpet would look well, or a two-colored one in gray and pink.

Question—Mrs. H.M., Alta.: I am to prepare a paper on “Pioneer Women of the Present,” not going back more than twenty years. They need not be widely known—perhaps only in a very small radius, our idea being to seek out those who are really deserving of notice, yet whose very modesty has prevented them from becoming well known. Can you give me any information about two or three women who would come under this category?

Answer—WYll-known pioneer women are Judge Emily Murphy, first woman magistrate in Edmonton, Dr. Margaret Patterson, the first police magistrate here, and such like. But if you look up the back copies of MacLean':s Magazine, you will find the year 1923 contained accounts of women doing pioneer work on farms, in school teaching, etc. Then there must be women in your district whose activities would entitle them to be mentioned.

Question—A.M.A., New Brunswick: Kindly tell me if there is an institution in Ganada giving a course in Interior Decorating?

Answer While there is not a complete course in Interior Decoration, many subjects embraced in such a course may be taken up. For instance, the first year in art at t he Ontario College of Art includes a study of the principles of design, colour, applied design, with lectures and visits to the Royal Ontario Museum. After taking

this year’s work, students often find openings in a decorating firm or studio, and continue to attend evening classes and lectures. Some knowledge of art is needed in order to understand the underlying principles of decoration. The Central Technical School, Toronto, also has splendid facilities of this kind.

Question—M.O., Quebec: What would you suggest for two friends to do to make a living and work together? One is a trained nurse, the other a good housekeeper but without any special vocation otherwise. We have about two thousand dollars and live in a small, backward town so that we would go to a city if it is not possible to make a living here.

Answer—Three things occur to me. One is to take in convalescents and semiinvalids to board, if your present location is suitable. Keeping boarders in the summer is another way of getting along. A third idea is to run a hand laundry in a city. A good trade could be worked up by catering to business girls and theatrical people. Of all these, the last-named would perhaps afford the most independent way of living, and plenty of help is available in a city.

Question—Mrs. L., Regina: Will you tell me where and how to become a dietitian? Is there much call for this kind of work, and what are the qualifications?

Answer—There are two ways of becoming a dietitian. One, via the university route, takes four years and calls for matriculation standing; the other the twoyear Institutional course taught at Macdonald Institute, Guelph, and also at Macdonald College, Que. The Universities of Alberta and Saskatchewan also have a Domestic Science course, but open only to those of matriculation standing. Dietitians find posts in schools, colleges, restaurants, hotels, cafeterias and in institutions of various kinds, but a number go into business for themselves, opening tea rooms, cake shops, catering, etc. The qualifications are executive ability, a genuine liking for cookery, neatness and alert mentality.