Votes for Women (04/Jan/1918) - Miss Royden and Reconstruction

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All interesting address on "Women's Work in Reconstruction" was given at Huddersfield in December by Miss Maude Royden[1], Assistant Pastor of the City Temple, London. She spoke of the effect upon women of their entry into industry, and said that women were becoming more sensible of their own value, and more exacting as to the kind of world that their children were to be born into. She did not think people realised the intense resentment of mothers to whom an appeal was made to bring more children into the world in order to make soldiers of them.

Advocating warmly the endowment of motherhood, Miss Hoyden insisted that motherhood ought to be regarded as a great State service and provision made for it. It was no use expecting women to consent to be deprived of economic independence merely because they were mothers. She would like to see the great service of motherhood paid, and paid at the same rate in all classes.

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