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ACADEMY OF LYONS. 409
" Mrs* Jameson Presents Her Compliments ...
religious laws have almost everywhere consecrated their inequality . manners "In sp ite of the le is progress madein of civilization timeof treating and the woman softening as of if
she were , naturall scrup y the inferior , of man , and , of requiting her services and her labor in the measure of such inferiority .
" Thus teachers , directresses of charitable institutions , of schools , of post-officesand of shops served by young
women—house-, , keepers , domestic servants , and work-women in their own rooms or in factories , are paid half the wages earned by men fulfilling
analagous functions , or executing the same work . " It even that the id developments of civilizationfar
from ameliorating appears this sad co rap ndition of women , do but aggravate , it , in excluding them day by day from functions and from labors which
were formerly exclusively their own . " From this inferior and increasingly precarious positionso
, contrary to justice and to human dignity , results a crowd of evils , and of disorders hysical and moralwhich become everywhere more
and more manifes p tbut which are , especially afflicting in great centres of industry , , such as Lyons , ( Vagglomeration LyonnaiseJ .
"It was incumbent therefore on the Academy of Lyons to call attention and investigation to this serious and melancholy
question " I have . , in consequence , the honor of proposing to the Academy , 200 frthe followin
to as " the indicate To subject investi to of gate a prize , above of 1 all adm , from inis ., tra the tors moral mas p ter g question t manufacturers of vie : — , and
and private individuals governors , what , would be the , best means , the most , practical measures , — -
" 1 st , to raise the wages of women to the same level as those of men , where the same amount of service is rendered or labor performed ;
work " 2 nd which ly , to shall open rep new lace those careers emp to loyments women , necessaril and procure y taken for them from them by the competition of men , and the changes in manners and
customs . " The Reporter to the examining Commission ,
" _Abxes-Dttfour . " THE _IMPERIAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE , ARTS , AND
_BEULESliETTRES , LYONS . Question proposed by the section of Arts and Belles-Lettres : —
to "To investigate adminis , above trators all from master the manufacturers moral point , of view priva , and te individuals to mdicate , governors
what would , be the best means , , the most practical to the measures level , — those of
where " 1 st the , to sam raise e amount the wages of service of women is rendered or same labor performed as ; men , 2 _f
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Academy Of Lyons. 409
ACADEMY OF _LYONS . 409
English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), Aug. 1, 1858, page 409, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01081858/page/49/