Counseling As a Profession by Nicholas A. Vacc

By Nicholas A. Vacc

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This provision was widely evaded, and indeed could not be enforced since women could conceal the exact date of their confinement; and usually they had to go back to work as early as possible if they had no man to provide for them, or if, as was equally common, their husband’s wages were insufficient to keep the family from starvation. The unrealism of the law was attacked by feminists: Miss Ada Heather Bigg, Secretary of the Women’s Employment Association, saw in the clause yet another attempt on the part of male trades unionists to drive women out of the labour market, and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson appears to have objected to its authoritarian nature.

No Boards of Guardians, and no officials, can be expected to manage girls’ schools as they ought to be, neither can male inspectors alone inspect them. ’ (Twining 1880:33) Her work was crowned with success when in 1867 a Bill for the reform of workhouses came before Parliament, incorporating provisions for the classification and separation of the heterogeneous population. It took longer for women to gain a foothold in the workhouses in an official capacity: ‘Educated women as Guardians, as matrons, as nurses, as inspectors, had been over and over again urged as the one hope of reform and amelioration, ever since the theme was first taken up by Mrs Jameson in her “Lectures on the Social Employments of Women” and “Commission of Labour” in 1855–56.

Opposing State pension schemes, for example, she wrote: The COS have always been opposed to…all plans for granting a stereotyped form of relief to large numbers of persons whose needs are very varying and only capable of being met by individual attention’ (Bosanquet 1973:295). The organization of charity did not in fact act as a ‘social sedative’ in the straightforward way Kathleen Woodroofe suggests. During the later years of the nineteenth century there was a continued and intensified fear of the revolutionary menace of the poor.

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