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KNOW YOUR LEAGUE PROGRAM LESSON IX Department of Legal Status of Women 1. Why does the League have a department on the Legal Status of Women?

2. How many items has the Virginia League on its active program for support which concerns the legal status of Women?

3. What are they?

4. Has it supported those measures before?

5. Why does the League believe women should serve on juries? _Because if it is a duty, women should share it; if it is a privilege, they should not be denied it. In the States where women serve on juries, judges and other court officials testify that they bring intelligence and conscientiousness to the job, are not swayed by emotions and tend to raise the entire tone of court procedure as well as speed it up. The old arguments against it have all been disproved._

6. What exemptions does the League recognize for women? _Similar exemptions to those for men and in addition exemptions for trained nurses, mothers of children under fifteen years of age, and for those deeming themselves physically unable to serve._

7.Why does the League believe a mother should have equal privileges with the father in the guardianship of the child? _Because the legal position of the mother toward her child is intolerable. She has no legal control over his education, religion, property, or vocation. The fact that in case of separation of husband and wife, judges usually favor the mother is a proof of the justice of her demand. But her claims should be supported by law when she is living with her husband, and not left to the discretion of the individual judge in the case of separation._

8. Will the League endeavor to have bills introduced in the next session of the General Assembly concerning these two subjects?

9. How may local Leagues and individuals assist in their passage? By _

10. What are the items on the program of the National League of Women Vote Voters which concern the legal status of women. (See Nat. League Prog.

Suggestions for Study: Program of Study and Support, Va League of Women Voters 1929-1930. Measures of Legislation Advocated by Va League of Women Voters, session of General Assembly, 1930. Sex Distinctions in Virginia, by Louise Dudley Heinrich, pub. by Legislative Reference Bureau, State Capitol, Richmond. Program of National League of Women Voters. Explanation of Program on Legal Status of Women, pub. by Nat. League Toward Equal Rights for Men and Women, pub. bu Nat. League of W.V.