Ottawa Citizen, 8 October 1912, page 3

Servant Question – Charity Board Member has Ideas for the Girls

A local member of the charity board of the city when seen by the Citizen regarding the alleged low wages paid to girls and the evil consequences resulting, was of the opinion that the condition of the shop girl was somewhat improved now to what he thought it used to be a few years ago.  While he thought that the small sum of say $3 per week was not all sufficient, when girls had no parents or a domestic home, when they had homes of their parents to go to they could then just manage to get along until they became so proficient as to command fair wages.

“When a girl comes from the country,” he said, “and wants to engage in what they consider ‘genteel’ occupations they must, if they would reflect, expect this state of affairs, but if on the other hand they would go out to domestic service, where there is such a pressing demand, they would not only get better homes but be able to save more money also.

“Within the last ten years,” he went on, “I can remember when girls were glad to work in law offices as stenographers and typists for the experience only.” As this gentleman could not say definitely whether this was the case now or not, he was inclined to believe it was not.

He was a strong advocate of girls supplying this great demand – that of domestic service, for here they would not be exposed and come less in contact with a large amount of immorality which no unfortunately prevails especially in large cities.