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Work is work

SIR,- Some clarification is needed on an article in The Weekly Advertiser, May 3, headed: College calls for friends.
It includes the statement: “In the past most women did not work and had time to be involved in the school.”
This seems to presuppose that work is work only when a wage is paid in some occupation outside farm, home or wherever. That implies that what women were doing in the home therefore does not equal work. That is false.
It also presupposes that those who stayed home, on farm or wherever and worked their hearts out alongside husbands and family had plenty of spare time. That too is false.
I do not think that is what Simone Dalton is trying to say but as it stands it needs clarification.
A former principal of the Horsham High School Ian Maroske wrote an excellent book titled: The Pella Story. It tells the story of the area west of Rainbow and the lives of pioneer settlers. Wives stood shoulder to shoulder with their husbands, sweating to wring a living from an often harsh and unforgiving land.
To suggest that such women did not work is an unnecessary slur on their selfless dedication to husbands and families. To suggest that because they did not ‘work’ they had time to do other things, is not historically correct.
Geoff Noller,

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Posted on May 31 2012

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