Newfoundland Status of Women Council, Newsletter, Vol. 6 No. 3, March/April 1979
P.O. Box 6075 709-753-0220
St. John’s, Nfld. Volume VI, No. 3
A1C 5X8 March/April 1979
NEWFOUNDLAND STATUS OF WOMEN COUNCIL
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
General Meeting and vote on Change of Name Monday, June 4, 1979 at 8 p.m.
(See page 3)
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
WOMEN AND UNIONS
WHAT’S ON AT THE WOMEN’S CENTRE
The March Newsletter was at the printer for printing in our new format when a frantic call came to tell us that it would be impossible to print properly.
Since the March issue would have to be typed and was late already, it was decided to retype it on stencils and combine it with material for the April issue, which was to be an update on committees working out of NSWC.
We apologize for the lateness of the Newsletter, and for its altered appearance.
On the Go – St. John’s
On February 3rd, Barbara Doran and I had a half-hour interview with Pat Stewart from Radio Oz. We answered questions about the Women’s Centre and he kindly advertised our general meeting on February 5th.
All advertising paid off as the meeting was a tremendous success. Thirty people attended and discussed “What’s the Women’s Centre All About?” There were many new faces and some new volunteers.
February 4th, 5th, and 6th, Pat Dalziel and I attended a Canadian Teachers’ Federation Status of Women Regional Workshop in Halifax. The focus of the workshop was “Organizing for Effectiveness.” Its aim was to co-ordinate the work of status of women groups within the teaching profession and within the community. Workshops looked at such areas of concern as building non-sexist school programs; finding, collecting and using statistics; establishing and maintaining a status of women committee; a building a provincial contacts network.
We met with the Newfoundland Teachers’ Association of the Status of Women Committee, and they expressed an interest in working in association with the Status of Women Councils. They recognized the necessity for a provincial advisory council on the status of women and NTA has promised to urge the government to take action on this. They also showed an interest in taking part in some of our activities such as assertiveness training. We look forward to establishing a liaison with the Newfoundland Teachers’ Association in order to promote the development of non-sexist programming within the school system and to combat inequalities in hiring and promotional practices within the teaching profession.
Billie Thurston attended a one-day CRIAW conference in Halifax on February 3rd. The topic was “Women and Research: Health Issues.” As it was research-oriented, no resolutions came from the conference. It covered topics such as women and illness as portrayed in literature; and pensions and health services for women.
Diane White attended a meeting at the Community Services Council. She was on a committee organizing a workshop, “Volunteers in Action,” for the last week in April. All organizations using volunteers will be involved.
On February 12th the discussion group met from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Ten people were present to hear Dr, Helen McKilligin speak on sexuality.
Members on the Women and the Law Committee are Pauline Bradbrook, Wendy Williams, Jean Press, Mary Disher, Joan Barry, Clare Barry, Ruth Peters, and Barbara Doran.
They are all looking at pertinent issues and legislation
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General meeting on name change
WHAT’S IN A NAME
On February 27 a conference call was made between the four existing councils. The main subject for discussion was names of the four councils. Ann Bell of Corner Brook, Glenda Tulk of Grand Falls, Marilyn Robbins of Labrador West, and Kathy Coffin and Billie Thurston of St. John's were the participants.
Briefly, Grand Falls and Corner Brook felt the same, that is, that they do not wish to change the names of their councils in any way.
One option discussed in the past was for all four councils to adopt "Newfoundland Status of Women Council" with the location following, e.g., NSWC--Grand Falls.
Reasons given in opposition to this were the fact that-Grand' Falls' council was just becoming recognized in the community, and Ann discussed Corner Brook's concern that the "NSWC—Location" option would give the impression of a single organization when there are issues upon which the councils act differently.
Labrador West are willing to adopt the "NSWC--Location" name or to consider an alternative. They have investigated the cost-and found that the process is relatively simple and will cost about $40.
Kathy indicated that NSWC members also expressed a strong attachment to the present name at the annual meeting in October. It was resolved to follow this up with the St. John's member-ship, since Grand Falls and Corner Brook had stated their "no change" position clearly.
Consultation with a lawyer provided the following information:
There are four steps:
a) This procedure falls under the Companies' Act, and any change must be proposed in a special resolution at a general meeting;
b) The resolution must be passed by three-quarters of the votes cast by members at the meeting who are entitled to vote;
c) Approval in writing is sought from the Attorney General. The minutes of the general meeting are sent to her/him and her/his secretary attaches a seal;
d) This letter is then presented to the Registrar of Companies with $40 and when accepted the name is adopted.
In view of this, a general meeting will be held on June 4, 1979-at 8:00 p.m. at the Women's Centre to discuss and vote on possible name changes for NSWC.
Be sure to have your membership card or receipt with you when you attend.
In reply to Sally Davis' letter in your February issue which was a response to my article in the December Readers, Forum, my answer is "Yes." I do think that any woman who can gain enough support to get elected is of value to women, and to feminists. I would hope that no one would have the arrogance to suggest that her or his definition of a feminist is the only one and that anyone who falls short at any point could not qualify to be an elected official, despite proven competency and a broad support, particularly from women. Women who have proven themselves to be competent at homemaking, child raising, community, work, in a profession or business—feminist or not—are worthy women and necessary to our elected bodies. I am quite certain that any woman would be sufficiently concerned to work for some of the much-needed legislation which would benefit women. Women on decision- making bodies would see to it that youth and sports programs did indeed include programs for both girls and boys, for example. Also, women know other competent women to recommend to boards, commissions and committees. I will except (sic) those few women who are the only woman on any one elected body and who revel in that uniqueness. The answer here is to see that she is not left the only one. Get out and support two or three more women to the same body. With men and women working together and seen to be working together, sexism is decreased.
With many more women in places of high visibility, particularly in decision-making positions, more women will be stimulated to strive for similar goals. Until girls and boys equally believe that they must develop their talents to the best of their ability, the gap between the average wages for women and men will not narrow, despite equal pay for work of equal value legislation, as we have seen.
With regard to the comment a bout noting the number of children, it was not intended, by me at least, to suggest that the number of children had any bearing on the quality of the woman but to emphasize that having a responsible position is, or can be, compatible with having children for women, as well as for men.
The views expressed in my article were not necessarily those of the National Council of Women of the U.S.A., but rather those of the invited panelists. All panelists had some expertise in the political world as elected officials, campaign workers or students of political science.
- Shirley Goundrey
Moral and religious values seem to be changing fast nowadays; sometimes there are instant changes in our social and political systems which leave people bewildered as to what they are to the only woman on any one elected believe in or accept—especially women who seen to have broken the conventional mold of what their lives should be, or were expected to be. They are no longer content to be second in the pecking order; they are opting for equal rights as citizens and as women.
So it is a good feeling when one is put down or discriminated against to know we have a movement that is striving for change, and if one does reach out one's hand in the darkness of sexual discrimination or exploitation, one will find something there.
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WOMEN AND UNIONS
March 8th is International Women's Day in commemoration of militant labor action by women garment workers in New York in the early 1900's. But women's involvement in the struggle for better pay and improved working conditions was not new then.
In 1824 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, women cotton workers struck alongside men. The first all-women's strike took place four years later when 400 women walked out of the cotton mills in Dover, New Hampshire to protest pay cuts and the "haughty over-bearing disposition" of the mill owners.
Militant action by women workers in the U.S. was centred (sic) on the textile and garment trades throughout the middle to late 1800's and was marked by sporadic strikes and the formation of various working "girls" associations, culminating in the "uprising of 20,000" in 1909-10 of New York garment workers which generated enough public support that it eventually turned into a general strike and resulted in the organization of hundreds of union shops in the industry.
In 1912 hundreds of thousands of women textile workers in Massachusetts joined in a major strike to protest pay cuts which followed legislation forcing employers to shorten the work week for women and children to 54 hours from 56.
Sixty years later the garment and textile industries are still an area in which women (usually immigrant women) are being exploited. In Toronto 200 women working at Puratex Knitting Co. have been on strike since Nov. 13, 1978 to protest wages of $3.60-3.75 an hour, use of spy cameras by their employer and poor working conditions. Men's shirts and sweaters carrying the names Four-Wheel Drive, Jaguar, St. Julien, Seaforth and St. Michael are made by the company.
Today, two major factors lie in the way of improving the lot of the majority of working women: the large numbers who do not belong to a union and, for women who are in unions, the lack of initiative on the part of male-dominated unions to fight for women's issues and encourage women to participate at the executive level.
The table below, based on 1976 figures from Statistics Canada, shows the participation of women and men in the work force and in unions in Newfoundland. As shown, out of a total workforce of 157,000 in the province, only 34.4 per cent were unionized. Twenty-eight per cent of the total workforce were unionized men; only 6.4 per cent were women. Of the 50,000 working women in Newfoundland in 1976, only 20% belonged to unions, as compared to 41.1 per cent of the working men. It is also interesting to note that
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WHY WOMEN SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN UNIONS
"You're only a bunch of women!" These words represent one man's feelings towards women on the picket line, and were his comments to my co-workers and me during a national strike by our union. These words have become etched on my memory, and, to me, represent something of the barrier that women in the labor movement must overcome to gain equality with their male counterparts.
In today's uncertain world it is becoming more of a necessity for the woman of a household to become to ensure that women are always a breadwinner alongside her husband. The woman must work to ensure that there is food on the table and that her children are adequately clothed, and, of course, to enjoy some of the pleasures of life. How many families today can afford a holiday if the wife of a household is not out there bringing home a paycheque (sic)? Have you noticed the high cost of the grocery bill? Can you afford to buy your growing son a pair of dungarees? Of course, we all know
that inflation is eating at the paycheque (sic), taxes are rising, the dollar is buying less, and more women are finding it necessary to brush up on their old skills and we stand in line at the employment office.
More women are working, more women are relying on that extra income. That extra paycheque (sic) is becoming less of a luxury. It is becoming a necessity. Women are no longer working for short periods—that job is for life, that job is what keeps the family above the poverty line. As a result, we are seeing more women engaged in gainful employment, more women in the field of production, more women in the field of labor, and more women in the role of union participation. A union to a worker is like a crutch to a blind person; the union leads the worker and gives him or her security, always looking out for his or her interests, and always there to lean on. The union ensures better working conditions, a decent wage, benefits that non-unionized workers can only dream of. Labor history shows that unions have given the worker something more than constant toil and strife. Unions have bettered man's life so that he can enjoy work and also enjoy living, as well.
The woman, in joining the work force, must also be willing to join the union behind that job, treated with dignity and respect. Women are in the early stages of development in the area of recognition. We are coming out of the era of being a "bunch of women" to a period when our male counterparts can stand shoulder to shoulder with us and think of the women as being a contributing factor in the world of industry and commerce.
Traditionally men have been the ones to fight the battles of labor, but labor history shows that women have always stood behind these men and were important factors in the betterment of working conditions. Today, women are no longer "behind the scenes," but, more and more, women are standing in the forefront with our male counterparts at work. As a result, women are being accepted into the area of labor management roles, as they shoulder equally responsible positions in pushing forward the aims of unionism—safe jobs, decent pay, human rights, etc…
Being involved in my union as a worker and as a leader I can say that I have been treated as an equal, and I feel that if a woman is willing to tackle the job, she will be accepted into the male world. I think it is important for women to realize that if we want to be accepted as peers, we must be willing to stand up and “fight” for our rights, as so many men have done in the past.
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TIPS FOR WORKERS
Don't keep your salary a secret. Share it with other employees, find out theirs. The boss depends on what is accepted as a special relationship between you both to keep you in line and to pressure you against asking for a raise. So talk about your salary—find out everybody else's; it will give you power when looking for a raise.
Attend union meetings if you are a member. Speak up on issues which affect women.
Learn about the labor movement, collective agreements, and how people get elected to executive positions within the union and as delegates to conventions.
When you get some of this knowledge, put yourself in the position to get elected.
Study your collective agreement if you have one. Ask somebody to explain to you any section you do not understand.
If you consider you should have a higher salary, ask the president of your local to go to bat for you that's his/her job.
Support other women when they are on the picket line - march with them.
Remember that unions do not make the factors that oppress women in the workforce a priority in negotiating collective agreements, so it is women's responsibility (sic) to see that the following become an issue at each union meeting:
A. Equal pay for equal work;
B. Maternity leave;
C. Day care;
D. Equal pension plans;
E. Equal opportunity for advancement;
F. Equal training opportunities.
Finally, very few women in Newfoundland are members of unions. Women have not been encouraged to join, and unions are generally hostile to women's needs. Therefore, it is suggested that you, with like-minded women, might consider forming a Working Women's Association which could take as its purpose the raising of consciousness of all workers as to the rights of women in the workforce. The intention would be to gather enough women into such an association that women might hold the balance of power in the workforce.
Remember, all women are workers, some of us just don't get paid, but we can all go on strike.
THINK ABOUT IT!
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We, as women, are fighting for our identities, and more importantly for the future of all women. In this changing world, the role of the female is much in dispute, but it is up to us to become involved. Our interest in the labor movement, in the economy, and in the work area will determine our future. Let us hope that the next generation of women will be able to benefit from the ground-work that we can lay through our involvement in unions.
True unionism is involvement by brothers AND SISTERS working towards a common goal. Let's remember the philosophy that "a woman's job can be all jobs.
Are you contributing?
(Ruth Larson is the president of the Labrador City/Wabush Local of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.)
WOMEN AND UNIONS
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while only 29.7 per cent of the total union membership were in government unions, 50.1 per cent of the unionized women belonged to government unions.
In the September, 1978 issue of Status, Judy Freeman of Rank and File points out the problems of non-unionized women:
"They are the victims of a number of problems: inadequate wages, constant uncertainty, pressures from the employer on the question of hours worked, tips held back, often unacceptable working conditions. These women are particularly vulnerable because they don't dare ask for the rights that are theirs by law. They are afraid of being laid off . . . and they probably will be if they protest. The problem is especially serious in restaurants and factories. In office work, the situation is, on the surface, not as bad; but there is strong discrimination in jobs delegated. Serving of coffee . . . being obliged to act a little like the employer's maid servant… As unemployment is high, women at work accept the employer's condition. They know all too well that many others are ready to replace them."
However, as Jean writes in an article entitled "Toward an Organization of Working Women" in the OISE Women's Kit:
"The political power of working women is enormous. Working women have the power to force the changes that women's liberation fights for. We have the power to shut down the governments, banks, telephones, retail trade, that are so important to this system…Working women will need to organize as women, to challenge the roles that keep us passive and divided. . . . We need child care. We need an end to the division of labour into shitwork jobs and decision-making jobs---the division of labour that makes our jobs boring and justifies our lousy pay."
When the executive of the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women meets in St. John's on May 16, 17, 18, there will be a public meeting on Thursday, May 17 at the E. B. Foran Room, City Hall at 8 p.m.
Please come and bring a friend.
The movement grows stronger--
THE NAIN WOMEN'S GROUP
Following the first Northern Labrador Women's Conference held in Nain in March, 1978, a group of interested women got together on June 16, 1978 and decided to gather regularly to discuss and take action on resolutions passed at the Women's Conference, as well as other issues relating to changes needed for improvement of life in the community.
This group is known as the Nain Women's Group and meets on Friday evenings in the Nain Craft Centre. The group is, not an incorporated body due to the women's thoughts that. informality could best help women to share ideas, develop self-confidence and gain experience with group meetings and activities prior to becoming a formal body where some members would hold official positions and others not—a fact which could cause communication problems where there is a lack of experience in holding meetings. There are approximately 35 individuals who have attended gatherings since the Group began. A regular weekly gathering has an attendance of 10-12 women.
1. The Group sees a need for the establishment of a daycare centre in Nain as there are working mothers in the community who have difficulties finding baby sitters, especially during the summer months when many women are employed in the fish plant.
The Group also sees a need for a baby-sitting service to allow mothers and grandmothers some free time.
2. Family Planning Program--On suggestion from the Group, the local International Grenfell Association nursing station is looking into having some form of presentation on sex education for the community. The Group would also like to see a well-planned sex education program developed and introduced in the school.
3. Community Health Council—On request of the Group, Sue (Froude) Webb is looking into the establishment of a community health council. When she has collected some background material she will work with local people to get the council going.
4. Consumer Action Group-In the near future, the Group will be looking at whether there is a need for the establishment of a consumer action group or some form of consumer education for the community.
5. Women's Centre--As the Group grows and becomes more active, it will require space to meet, to plan projects, to prepare letters, reports, etc., and to display and make available to the community the many resource materials it has been and will be collecting.
6. The Group hopes that the Northern Labrador Women's Interim Committee will expand its membership to include all the communities of northern Labrador and that a regional women's organization will form to allow for a stronger voice both provincially and nationally.
7. Incorporation--As mentioned earlier, the Group has not been incorporated, but sees the necessity to become so in the near future in order to be able to carry out some of its projects.
Readers' Forum--(Continued- from page 4)
It is reassuring to know that NSWC is there in the interests of all women. If all is not right with the world today, it may be tomorrow, and in this age of instant changes, tomorrow could come very soon.
I do hope you get a good impressive name for your councils.
In the labor movement sometimes a union puts its different branches under a certain number for each. The carpenters branch here is addressed as Carpenters Local 579, Victoria Hall, and the Allied Workers Union in St. John's is Local 855.
I think a good impressive name with each Council given a number and its location, but collectively coming under the one name. A lot of organizations have their branches numbered. It all depends on the size, and if the councils are individual or part of the whole, or if St. John's is the main branch. All this should be considered.
- Catherine Mandigo
I was encouraged by Carol Matthews’ article on Peoples' Liberation in the December Newsletter. In particular by the statement: "If we don't want to be expected to cook the picnic supper, we'd better be prepared to help change the flat tire on the way to the campground."
This is the point so many women miss. While our husbands are learning to stack the clothes washer, we should be learning to swish the paintbrush.
Personally, we find doing things together (whether washing dishes, painting, housecleaning, or carpentry) gives us a unique chance to chat, make decisions, plan, talk over problems, and ends in a mutual sense of achievement when the project's done.
Of course, we also appreciate time to do things on our own.
Unexpected incidents or routine jobs and responsibilities can overburden, so the thing is to lend a hand.
We can respect each other and work as a team at the same time.
- Betty Learning
P.S. I enjoy the new format of your Newsletters. Lots and lots of stimulating articles.
On the go (Continued from page 2)
The committee mailed questionnaires on matrimonial property law to the candidates for the leadership of the PC Party. Only two candidates—Ed Maynard and Leo Barry bothered to reply. However, Premier Peckford has promised legislation on matrimonial property law in the near future.
The month of March seemed to slip by. On March 3rd, NSWC had a display at the Health Sciences ---Complex. Organized by the medical students, the focus was on community services. The NSWC display and literature were well received.
We signed a contract with Health and Welfare Canada. Jill Schooley and Rosemary Williams are working part-time organizing and holding information sessions to explain the Child Tax Credit Program.
On March 8th we had a very good open house for International Women's day. It was well attended and well received! Ella Manuel made the day memorable with her talk. She also drew the tickets in the drawing for salaries. Candy Sheppard, a local entertainer, sang and played the blues for us. There was also a couple from Mozambique who spoke.
Sally Davis provided the "stone soup. Some excellent movies were
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WHAT’S ON AT THE WOMEN’S CENTRE?
After many delays brought on by such events as the Christmas rush and the post-Christmas blues, a C-R group has gotten off the ground. We meet once a week on Thursday at the Women's Centre. This group is established now, but if you are interested in C-R, read on . . .
In a telephone survey done this summer by two students for the student summer project funded through a Secretary of State grant, an interest was expressed in forming a C-R group for teenage girls. If you or someone you know might be interested in such a group, please contact the Women's Centre. It was also suggested by persons who had "been through" C-R that a post-C-R group could be beneficial--anyone interested?? At the Open House held on February 5th, an interest was expressed in forming a men's C-R group. What is your opinion? If you or anyone you know might be interested, please con-tact the Women's Centre. What do you think of a C-R group during the daytime if your evenings are busy?
Because there were some women who wanted to join a C-R group, but were not free Thursday night, another group is being formed which is meeting Wednesdays.
If you are interested in joining this group or perhaps one of the possible groups mentioned above, or are just interested in finding out what C-R is about call 753-0220 or drop in at the women's Centre, 83 Military Road.
(For an explanation of consciousness-raising, refer to the November, 1978 Newsletter, "Still a Need for Consciousness Raising," by Sharon Gray.)
WOMEN AND THE LAW
Legislation abounds with examples of discrimination. A first step towards equality is to remove this legal bias. Members of the Women and the Law Committee are aware of some areas, both federal and provincial, which need to be changed. An example is the provincial Judicature Act. Until 1973 women were not eligible for jury duty. NSWC submitted a brief to the provincial government saying women accused of crimes deserve a a (sic) jury composed of their peers, which include women. Unfortunately when the legislation was changed it gave women more rights than men. Women can now refuse to be on the jury list by filling in a form. We continue to press for equality under the law.
The Women's Centre also gets many requests for information on women's legal situations, for example, changing your name on
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The NSWC Newsletter has as its aim to promote an understanding of the changine (sic) role of women in society.
The views expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect NSWC policy. All unsigned items are the responsibility of the Newsletter staff.
We welcome your letters, comments, and articles. A type-written, double-spaced format is preferred. We reserve the right to edit in the interest of clarity, brevity and taste. DEADLINE for each Newsletter is the 15th of the preceding month.
Those working on this issue were Lillian Bouzane, Sally Davis, Susan Lucy and Catherine Patey.
WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE
The aim of the Ways and Means Committee is to raise money to operate the Women's Centre as well for other activities We do what all ways and means committees do—sell tickets, hold bake sales, apply to foundations and the government for money.
The Ways and Means Committee is very pleased to be able to announce that the ticket sales on NSWC's drawing for salaries netted a profit of $692.58. Actual ticket sales amounted to $1,028; the prizes cost $275.42; and the cost of printing the tickets was $60. Ella Manuel drew the winning names at the Women's Centre on March 8, 1979, during our celebration of International Women's Day,
The winners of the draw were
First prize Verna Bursey $103.34
Second Bertha Quick 86.86
Third Judy Gillingham 36.82
Fourth Pamela Benson 27.44
Fifth Ewart Burke 12.69
Sixth Caroline Sturge 8.27
A very special thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this such a successful fund raiser.
On Saturday, May 12, 1979, the Ways and Means Committee is planning a bake sale to be held at the Avalon Mall. Anyone willing to contribute baked goods, or time to staff the booth on the 12th, please contact either Wendy Williams or Susan Flynn.
If you have any ideas for raising money (every penny counts), and/ or want to join the Ways and Means Committee, plone (sic) the Centre, 753-0220 or come to our meeting on Wednesday, May 9th at 8 p.m. at the Women's Centre.
-Ways and Means Committee
Now that NSWC owns a building, we have to care for it. A gouup (sic) of three people have accepted joint responsibility to do this.
Our duties include making sure the housework is done, renting the aprrtments (sic), repairing the roof and cleaning the basement.
Unfortunately the rent from the two apartments (a total of $325 a month) just covers our mortgage, RHAP loan for renovations, taxes and insurance. There is no money for maintenance or repairs. As much as possible, labor must be donated.
Since November 1978 we have spent close to $500 on necessary repairs. In the near future you will receive a written request from the House Committee to do a job such as clean the centre, paint cupboards, etc. Please be generous with your time and energy.
---The House Committee
Women and the law (from p. 11)
arriage (sic). Recently our committee prepared a four-page leaflet on the legal situation of married women. This leaflet will be given to the 80 "brides to be" at the Welcome Wagon "Engaged Girls" party.
Any persons wishing to join us are very welcome. You might be asked to help prepare an assessment of a law, prepare a brief to government, type up a fact sheet, or write a letter. You do not need to know the law - learn it with us.
Save your cash register receipts from Dominion.
What’s on at the Women’s Centre (cont’d)
TRANSITION HOUSE COMMITTEE
The joint committee of the NSWC and the Newfoundland Association of Social Workers met on three or four occasions to discuss sending a letter to the Department of Social Services proposing that they establish a transition house.
While discussing the pros and cons of this move, the committee became aware that battered women was a priority of the Atlantic Region P (sic) Promotion and Prevention Directorate Summer Resources Fund. It was decided to submit a proposal to have two students pull together existing facts and material, as well as examine programming needs of such a facility in St. John’s. The latter would be the bulk of the final report which would be professionally produced in large numbers. The committee will discuss the possibility of presenting this report at a public forum should it become a reality.
Members of this committee are: Kathy Coffin, Mary Dawe, Barbara Doran, Anne Miller, Joan Pennell, Jill Schooley, Billie Thurston, Diane White, Linda Williams.
- Transition House Committee
On the go (Cont’d from p. 10)
provided by Marian Atkinson, who unhappily had a most unfortunate accident.
All this was well covered in the press, so I won’t carry on. However, thank you to those who participated and helped, and a quick recovery to Marian.
The Ways and Means Committee did an excellent job on the ticket draw raising well over $600. Another thank you.
We continue to get many calls at the Cemtre (sic) and have sporadic staffing of late. Where are the staffers of the past? Anyone interested should contact Diane White. Most of the calls concern divorce or shelter for battered wives. It is time that the provincial government made a concerted effort on both issues.
March 23 – 26th was the NAC Annual Meeting. Two delegates attended from NSWC: Jill Schooley and Billie Thurston, Vice-Chair. We can expect a full report from them in an upcoming issue.
MONEY – WHAT EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW
On Tuesday, April 24, 1979, Ms Patricia Burns of the Bank of Montreal’s head office will be making a presentation in St. John’s on “Money – What Every Woman Should Know.” This presentation is part of the bank’s consumer education program and should provide information for all women.
It is being offered in response to requests by women for a more in-depth treatment of the subject of money and finance and is being held as a joint meeting of the National Secretaries Association, the Newfoundland Status of Women Council and the St. John’s Business and Professional Women’s Club.
The meeting is being held at the Lester Hotel. A cash bar will be available at 8 p.m. and Ms. Burns’ address begins at 8:30 p.m.
In commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Person Case, the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) announces four grants-in-aid, to the value of $2,000 each, to support the initiation of research relative to the general topic of WAOMEN AS PERSONS. University affiliation is not a necessary requirement. Application forms available from Marion Porter, CRIAW, 415-151 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ont. K1P 5H3
Deadline for completed applications is July 6, 1979.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
On the go 2
What’s in a name? 3
Readers’ forum 4
Women and Unions 5
Why women should partic-
pate in unions 6
Tips for Workers 7
The Nain Women’s Group 9
What’s on at the Women’s
Women and the Law 11
Ways and Means 12
House Committee 12
Transition House com-
Money – What every woman
should know 13
Research grants-in-aid 13
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