Woman draft hits family, foe says (3-25-43)

The Pittsburgh Press (March 25, 1943)

Woman draft hits family, foe says

Washington (UP) –
Mrs. Mildred Scott Olmstead, of Philadelphia, director of the Committee to Oppose the Conscription of Women, told the Senate Military Affairs Committee today that the Austin-Wadsworth labor draft bill would “strike at the very root of American society – the family.”

She declared that juvenile delinquency had risen 82% in the Philadelphia area among girls under 16 during 1941-42. For girls from 16 to 18, the rise was 26%, she said.

Mrs. Olmstead declared:

You cannot stem this tide without strengthening home life. And women must be encouraged to maintain it, rather than discouraged.

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