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A LIVING WAGE' FOR WORKING WOMEN URGED BY,
CALIFORNIA LAW MAKERS
Sacramento, Cal., Dec 21.
Since the working out of the eight
hour law for women just as it was
intended to work out better
ment of conditions for working
women the Jegislators of the
state, headed by Leori Yankwich
and Thomas, F. Griffins, assem
blymen, the later author of the
eight hour law, are turning their
attention to another much need-
ed reform a living wage for wo
men who must" work.
'The two evils from which
modern industrial life suffers,
and the effects- of which are more
disastrous in the case of wo
rsen than in the case of men, are:
Overwork and Underpay," says
Assemblyman "Yankwich. , "The
eight hour. law was the first at
tempt made in this state to rem
edy the evil of dverwork.
--"The only, way to. fight under
payment is by Enacting a mini-
mum -wage board law. If over
work impairs the health and
morals of the working women of
the state, and thus indirectly im
pairs the health-of the future gen
eration, so does underpayment.
"Malnutrition and privation do
not breed a strong, healthy wo
manhood, and the interest that
the state has in the welfare of the
future generations demands that
the state interfere and protect its
womanhood. No industry that
cannot giye a woman a decent
wage is worthy of'protection.
t'Any industry that underpays
our women and girls, that paves
the way which leads girls to per
dition, is too expensive and we
cannot afford it.
"We have under, consideration
a law-., establishing, a minimum
wage board for women in this
state. The statutes of other
countries on the subject have
been examined, as has the Wis
consin legislature at the Iasf'ses-'
"Many of the statutes enacted
in f6reign countries solve the
problem by declaring that a cer
tain wage shall be considered a
"It is our belief, however, thai:
the better way would ( be to give
the Labor Commissioner the
power to determine the minimum
wage for each industry, after de
fining that theminimum wage
shall be a living wage.
"The bill, embodying these fea
tures will be submitted fq'the leg-.