June 8, 1922 Page 4
|Progress of Women.
The women of the country are slowly, but surely taking hold of their newly acquired rights. From every section comes the announcement that they are displaying more and more interest in public affairs.
It is gratifying to see this. Both in the state and nation women should be recognized as potential factors for good in politics, and we believe the time not far distant when they will be accustomed to public life to such an extent that they will take positions in the front rank of every movement that affects the body politic. The following from The Washington Post, is indicative of what we may expect in that direction:
"In all directions there are evidences that women, are pushing earnestly forward to have and to hold their newly acquired rights. In this country, they are candidates for the Senate and the House of Representatives and in various States for practically every office from the governorship down. The number of appointive positions of which they are already in possession is large and the indications are that it will go on increasing. How women will vote at the forthcoming elections is a problem that not even the most seasoned political campaigners are able to solve. In short, the sway of women in American public life is plainly destined be pervasive and powerful.
In Great Britain, women have long been eligible to county councils and the other different bodies engaged in the work of local government More recently they have won their way into the house of commons For the present, they are estopped from membership of the house of lords, but the wabbling attitude displayed on the question of their admission by the committee on privileges is sufficient warrant for the assumption that the barriers will ere long be let down. A woman has been already admitted to practice at the English bar and almost the last monopoly held by men was abandoned when the attorney general Sir Ernest Pollock, announced last Friday that there is nothing to prevent properly qualified women from being appointed judges in England.
Even more symptomatic of the trend of the time is the news from Rome- that the Pope has disregarded the conventions of centuries by installing in his own apartment a woman as housekeeper and wardrobe maid. What this move may ultimately portend it is impossible to say, but it is not without significance that in other Christian sects' women have been recently admitted to administrative posts and to the ministry itself. In vain did John Knox protest against the "Monstrous Regiment of Women." Time was when abbesses attended ecclesiastical councils and...