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London's New Woman's Council

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Mrs. J. C. Croly, reoently returned 'rom a trip in Europe, where she has jeen makiug a study of women's clubs. 3he was present in late June at the ïouse of Mrs. Bedford-Penwick in Loulou, where a preliminary meeting was iold to discuss the formation of au Engish uational council of women on the mes of those already existing iu other couu trios. Mrs. Croly points Gut the different Ímpetus wliich this Euglish cjiiiici] receiveS at the outsot over the Bi mi lar organiza ti on in America. This latter. starttxi with ouly two societies - tbc woman suffrage aad cemperance nsBooiatious - repiesented by their great leaders, Susan B. Anthouy and Frunces Willard. These societies are snll the most promiuent in the cotmcil, the organization ráther gröwing round theva The Euglish council starts nntrammeled aud with the esperience of other couucils to guide it. It proposes, says Mrs. Croly, four divisions uuder which societies that aoiue into membership will be gronped Tliese are the professional, political, industrial aud social. The latter wil! have to be largely cieated, as at preseat there seems no medium oí' social organizatiouwhicb by ;uiy stretch of imagiuation coula be called national. Eugland is houeycombed with societies, but they are all for people, not with them. They work on separate and distinct liues, aud are often diametrically opposed to one another. For example, one group is working hard to effect legislation for working wonien in the directiou of shorter hours and improved conditions for labor; another is opposing all such legislation vigorously, believing that dissrimiuation in fa'vor of women will teil agaiust the working woman with the einployer.


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