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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Prominent Spokane women weighed in on the question: Are lazy girls unhappy girls?

Their answer was a resounding yes.

“There is no question but the industrious girl, no matter what her employment, is the happiest,” said the secretary of the Spokane YWCA.

The former leader of the Woman’s Club went even further.

“Educated girls are industrious, and industrious women are happiest,” she said. “As the majority of girls are educated nowadays, I would say that there are few girls who are marrying to secure a life of idleness. Education has made women independent and has also made them ambitious, and increased their happiness.”

From the working beat: Spokane’s Mayor W.J. Hindley weighed in on a related issue. He came out in favor of a $9-a-week minimum wage for women.

“No woman on her own resources in Spokane can live decently on less than $8 per week,” he said, noting that some made less than $5 a week.

A higher minimum wage, he said, would “save many girls from the red-light district.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1846: Neptune was identified as a planet by German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle. … 1932: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was founded.

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