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James, Ada Lois, 1876-1952 / Ada James papers, correspondence, 1912, Dec. 24-31, [1912]
Wis Mss OP, Box 17, Folder 4 ([unpublished])

[The womanly woman],   pp. [unnumbered]-5 PDF (1.9 MB)


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became alarred about the milk being sold by some dealers, in
some instances the milk could not be kept more than five or
six hours without souring, donvulsions in one baby was traced
to impure milk. Upon investigation it was found the city had
no mill: ordinance, the city clerk said"no one paid any attent-
ion to it any way when we did have one.' He thougYt the state
inspection was enough.A committee of women obtained samples
of all the milk being sold in our city and had it tested 1r
butter fat, disease germs and general cleanliness. The best mrile
was selling cheapest, *e       discovered other interesting facts,
One farmer said the milk he sold to the retailer tested 5.6
but when it reached the consumer it tested 3.5,the retailer
claimed that 3.5 was higher than the law required. We were in-
formed by the state Dairy and "ood Commission that if milk w-
tested 5.6 but was run through a seperator it must be labeled
skim mbIk where-as   it might test much l-r qn     still be
whole milk. The commission sent sent 9n assist nt to co-operate
with us and he discovered that the state inspectcr was not
testing- ll the inilk because we had no city ordinance and it
was therefore impossible to know just who were selling milk.
For six months women in our city have been trying to se-
cure a milk ordinance but milk men vote and housewives do not,
and the milkmen are not enthuastic over any regulation.
The State Commissioner found that our meat markets were
unsanitary. He said the meat hooks were foul and the refriger-
ators worse.Our health officer is not responsible to women" a4
in fact we find that our city officials are inclined to th1e
belief that women are out of their "sphere" when they meddle
in politic:. When will they learn that politics have invaded
our "sphere" and the womanly woman must concern herself with
politics and pilltiians? We are not going to sit at home and
tat and let the baby die with convulsions-even to meet with   the
approval of * "behind the times" officials.
The Womanly woman is go-ng toV see that the governor, W
when he makes his appointments   to the coinissions which in-
tijately affect the home, has the home in mind instead of his
political machine. She is going to make sure that the legislators
not only pass pure food bills but that they make provision for
their enforceme,ýt . Our milk men told u4 that some of the milk
bottles stink when they are returned, and ye   these bottles are
not sterilized. We have no law requiring the sterilizing of milk
bottles, yet we know that milk is one of the best mediums for
carrying germs.
Government bulletins state that women do 86% of all the
buying for the home, if we elimin+."uel thely do more than 9Q^
of t0 e buying. Then the high co'ai a problem for the romanly
woman. She should be interested it market commissions and the
elimination of "middle men".After the war broke out hogs went
down for the farmer but pork went up for the housewife. When we
protested the butcher asauredA us that the war had sent everything
up. Is it not a reflection on our intelligence-the intelligence
of the would be womanly woman- that the same war that sent hogs
down for the farmer could send pork up for us? One housewife
recently phoned to inquire what the market was paying for chick-


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