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April 11, 1908

A NOTEWORTHY DECISION TO PROTECT WOMEN.

JAMA. 1908;L(15):1197-1198. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530410037011

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Abstract

An Oregon statute limiting the hours of women's labor has been declared constitutional by the United States Supreme Court in a unanimous decision. Of course this applies particularly to the employment of women in occupations outside of house duties in which hours of labor can hardly be successfully limited by law. As the old saying is: "A woman's work is never done," that is, it is practically continuous. There is a great difference, however, in the driving yet monotonous task of the factory and employment in household labors, so far as woman's welfare is concerned, and it is worth especially noting that in this case the physical welfare of women was the main point in the argument for the state. The brief contained, it is said, 113 pages, of which two were given to legal points and the remainder to stating the facts as to women's labor and its effect

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