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Meliora* A Quarterly Review Of Social Sc...
Among otlier subjects treated in the April number , we find the _Employment of Women discussedupon wMch we beg to offer a few
, remarks . Never was there a more perplexed question , or one perhaps more apparently hopeless ; yet turn and discuss it as we may ,
theorise as we will , one fact stands immovable as the rock of Gibraltar—the preponderance of females over males in the population
of Great Britain , as shown , by the census of 1851 ; of whom upwards of two millions , above the age of twentyare engaged in
non-, domestic industry on their own accounts ! Now Kingsley tells us that
c i # . # # _jy [ en mllst work * * * And women must , weep . "
But here we find practice and poetry , as , alas ! they too often are , at signal variance ; for women also must work who have no one to
work for them , ( happy they who do not work and weep at the same time , ) while numbers , to the amount of half a million , returned as
farmer ' s wives , inn-keepers wives , etc ., work with those who can and will work for them . The question seems to us not , Shall
women work?—but , How , most to the advantage of mankind , of society at large , can women be admitted to industrial pursuits ?
Our contemporary deprecates the employment of women in factoriesmore especially the employment of wives and mothers , whose _,
, services , he says , and says truly , are needed at home . " The wages which the mother earns do not make up for the evils which the .
children suffer from want of nursing and maternal watchfulness , or for the lesser evils which arise to the husband from the absence of
domestic comfort . " Whoever can impress this fact upon our mechanics , showing them at the same timethatby thrift in the household ,
, , the penny saved is the penny earned—that beer and gin , skittles and bowls , squander of the husbands' earnings more than , in most
instances , the wives' earnings can make up for—will be a benefactor to the race at large , and will help to check in the manufacturing
districts that tendency to employ female labor to the exclusion of _niale of which the writer complains , and which , literally translated ,
means female labor , there as elsewhere , undervalued and underpaid . We commend to the notice of the author of this paper , an article in
the current number of our own Journal , entitled " Warehouse .
Seamstresses , " a record of facts we shall all do well to study .
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NOTICES OF BOOKS . 203
Preachings A Few Out For Of Woman Thousa...
Preachings A Few out for of Woman Thousands ' s Practice . By . Augusta London Johnstone : Groombridge ; author and Sons of Woman . 1859 ' s .
Books as well as people and places must have names , and the choice of a title for the first mentioned is said to be a matter of no small
difficulty to authors and publishers . It is , in many instances , a mere
random guess as to the contents of a book , judging from its title
English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), May 1, 1859, page 203, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01051859/page/59/