ly The Woman's Page Edtor
Several of my readers among the F.C.H.'s (Friends of the Catholic Herald) have given me some very valuable suggestions tor material for the Woman's Page.
One point interested me very much indeed. With practically not a single exception the criticisms were constructive. This is very rare, I find, and I am correspond
ingly grateful. Most of the suggestions were valuable indeed, and really possible of execution.
On the whole I find that my readers like serious articles on such topics as women's work in the world, the home, etc.. though one reader writes: " d() not often read the women's article. It is usually very serious." Another reader, however, says: " There seems to be more enthusiasm for more serious matters." So I expect it is a case
of Jack Spratt and his wife.
Obviously, then, the thing to aim at is a happy medium, combined with wide interests, so that all my readers may find something for them.
Here are some of the suggestions. I quote
from a letter: It seems that readers appreciate much more information sent in by other readers than an authoritative article by a correspondent. Most women like airing their views on domestic and social questions."
I wonder how true this is?
The same reader goes on: " Others are particularly interested in woman's place in agriculture and industry and would we! come discussion of these topics": This seems to be the view of several people. Here is another quotation to the same effect: "Short articles of women's work in the world generally would he much appreciated; such articles as would tell of what women are doing in social service, or in careers. or in different professions; women's activities in different parts of the world, and the women's attitude to many important problems of the present day."
" Most vivid and newsy social work interests women." writes another.
Now I think this is really helpful and I should welcome any suggestions as to how to get at the more out of the way information about women's work and point o; view.
Shall Women Work?
thoroughly agree with my correspon. dents that all this is most interesting, but I may say that my articles on .careers wer received with a storm of protest from readers who said furiously that women'. place was in the home. Of course, this true and it would be contrary to the Pope'direct teaching to suggest anything else But modern conditions are such that women do work and must, in a great number of cases, earn their living, at least until they marry, and it is therefore -no use trying to put back the clock. If this is borne in mind I can see nothing to offend the susceptibilities of the most sensitive of my readers if from time to time I give news of women's work in the world.
Here is another idea which interests me very much: "My own suggestion is a regular articic on the foreign missions . . . many other wise good Catholics are woefully ignorant of the missions. Yet the missions provide material for C011417111.S and columns per week of enthralling interest."
I think this would be really helpful and full of possibilities.
Other readers suggest that articles should be written on " how to help your parish priest," and one of them writes: " Other subjects I personally would like: " Work for invalids in which they can earn for their parish priest. How to make a young servant happy and content."
Notes on gardening, needlework, dressmaking, and cooking would. it seems, be quite popular, and one or two people suggest a serial story with feminine interest.
What do you think of all this?