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VIRGINIA'S CODE 1918 Welfare forces were at work as never before in Virginia this year. By patient and persistent effort suffragists saw many of their bills go through. Others were defeated; but the suffragists say their labor will be repeated until these, too, become a part of the Code of Virginia. Measures for educational advancement were pushed by Mrs. B.B. Mumford, Miss Bessie Taylor, and Mrs. C. Harvey Clarke, public health measures by Miss Agnes Randolph, and social purity laws by Mrs. J. Tyler Jobson. A bill to admit women to the State University failed, but another admitting them to the College of William and Mary passed and women are now studying in the oldest college in America, whose president Lyon C. Tyler, was the first man holding public office in Virginia to announce himself as an advocate of woman suffrage. A statewide compulsory education law passed, also a resolution to amend the state constitution, which, if it passes in 1920 and is approved by the voters, will remove all barriers to further legislation in regard to compulsary [sic] education. Another amendment to the state constitution would provide that "men and women may be appointed as school trustees," the present provision limiting this office to voters. An Education Commission, of which one member must be a woman, was created to investigate the public school system of the state, to study progressive systems of education and to report at the next General Assembly. Miss Bessie Taylor, an active suffragist is the woman member. A change was made in the state law regulating bar examinations which removes the barriers against woman practicing law in Virginia. Women may now practice law in every state in the Union. Richmond College has opened its doors to women for the study of law and the Medical College of Virginia has followed suit for the study of medicine. Laws were passed providing for medical inspection and school nursing in public schools, and a compulsory course in preventive medicine and public health nursing in all the normal schools of the state, providing a cottage for tubercular teachers at the State Tuberculosis Sanitarium, and making an appropriation of $10,000 for a sanitorium for crippled children. A drastic marriage law was passed, forbidding the marriage of criminals, idiots, insane persons, or persons afflicted with veneral [sic] disease. Another law provides for the segregation of prostitutes or those afflicted with veneral [sic] disease, and their retention in city hospitals until cured. Hereafter, a wife deserter may be put on the convict roads or in the workhouse and his earnings applied to the support of wife and children. The prohibition law was strengthened in many important respects. The hours of labor for women and for children under fourteen years remain ten, but the law is strengthened by not allowing any contract with the woman laborer for longer hours with more pay, or any exemptions for children under fourteen. This is supplemented by a Mother's Pension Act which provides that "Any county or city may pay a monthly allowance to indigent widowed mothers for the partial support of their children in their homes." A comprehensive Workman's Compensation Act was passed, and an Industrial Commission provided for its regulation and enforcement. A resolution to amend the state constitution was passed, which admits women of "Special technical or professional training and experience" to municipal offices. This amendment states that "voting qualifications" are not necessary to these office holders, thereby admitting men and women on equal footing, and will make possible the employment of non-resident municipal experts in the city offices created by charter changes in municipal government. From the Woman Citizen - January 4th, 1919.