19 SEPTEMBER 1925, Page 17


[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—I think you may be pleased to know that some of those interested are trying to form a National Housewives' and Assistants' Association, the first aim of which will be to raise domestic service and the status of domestic servants as Florence Nightingale raised sick nursing. Some of your readers may also be pleased to know a small meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 7th, at 5.30 p.m., in the Adams Hall of the Federation of Medical and Allied Services, 12 Stratford Place, W. 1, which has been most generously lent for this occasion. Anyone who would like to attend can do so by presenting his or her visiting card with address at the door. The meeting is a preliminary one, and Miss Violet Frith will speak on the " Psychology of the Servant Problem," ;after which we hope there will be a discussion and enrolment of members. The association at first will be chiefly educa- tional (beginning with ourselves !), and will be non-sectarian, mon-party, and democratic. We can offer members the ser- vices of a small experiment kitchen, and library, and the Federation is giving us two pages in their quarterly organ, Health, for the publication of reports and information on " Health and the Household," connected with the Housewives' Association's work. It is felt that a great many people are trying in one way or another to improve the status of domestic service, and that we might all do more if we united in one great educational association with a central office for the col- lection and distribution of information. Domestic work is the Cinderella of occupations at present ; we hope in the years to come to make it the equal of hospital nursing. Surely it 510 King's Road, Chelsea, S.W.10. ANN POPIL