War Work for Women

[The Independent; May 4, 1918]

The list of sources of information which follows is supplied by the News Department, Woman's Committee, Council of National, Defense, Washington, D.C. Read it with care, you who have a will to work for the Government, but remember that part time or short period work for the Government, except on the farm or in Liberty Loan work, is not in demand. Work, must be carried on by those who can stand by as long as needed. Those whose training and experience fit them for the positions open, are chosen.

Do not overlook your local opportunities to serve, nor the needs of Red Cross in various ways. Ask your business friends for suggestions, about short time employment, ask the banks how you can help on Liberty Loan work; local libraries and institutions carrying on Food Administration propaganda may be able to use you; ask at the Post Office for name and address of representative of United States Employment Service. Write to your state representative of the Council of National Defense.

Opportunities to serve are all about us. We may not always find the job that suits our taste, but there is one we can successfully undertake, if we will.

AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS. Specialist in. Refer to U. S. Civil Service Commission, Washington, D. C. Salary, Grade 1, $1800 or over a year; Grade 2, $1500 to $1800 a year.

AGRICULTURE. Farm work in France. Refer to American Committee for Devastated France, 16 East 39th St., New York. Requirements: Knowledge of French and agriculture. Work: Volunteer.

ATHLETIC INSTRUCTORS. Refer to Y. W. C. A., 600 Lexington Ave., New York. Kind of work: Leaders in physical recreation. Requirements: Age 25-35. Religion: Protestant Evangelical. Or Playground and Recreation Association of America, 1 Madison Ave., New York.

AVIATORS. No demand for government service.

CANTEEN WORKERS ABROAD. Refer to Y. M. C. A., 9th and Pennsylvania Ave., N. W., Washington, D. C. Requirements: Age 30-45, self-reliance, good health and willingness to endure loneliness and hardships, and to obey orders. Or American Red Cross, Washington, D. C.

CHAUFFEURS. Refer to American Red Cross, Motor Corps, Washington, D. C. Requirements: Work volunteer. All expenses paid and car donated by worker.

CLERKS. Refer to U. S. Civil Service Commission, Washington, D. C. Express rate clerks; steel plant clerks ; machining plant clerks; powder plant clerks; coder, $900 to $1200 a year; bookkeeper-typewriter, clerk, bookkeeper, $1000; freight car record clerk, $1200 a year; map colorist, $720 to $900 a year; munition loading plant clerks; stenographers and typewriters, $1100 to $1200 a year; typewriter operators, $1100 to $1200 a year; general clerks, $1100 a year; index and catalog clerks, $1100 to $1200 a year; clerks qualified in business administration, $1200 to $1500 a year; schedule clerks, $1400 to $1500 a year; production clerks, not more than $1500 a year; clerks qualified in statistics or acccounting, $1100 to $1800 a year; statisticians, $1800 a year; multigraph operators, $1000 to $1200 a year.

COLLEGE WOMEN IN WAR SERVICE. Refer to Miss Julia Newton Brooks, Women's. Collegiate Section, U. S. Employment Service, 1410 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D. C.

DIETITIANS. Refer to American Red Cross, Washington, D. C., or Mrs. Gertrude Atherton, American President "Le Bien-Etre du Blessé," 360 Madison Ave., New York, N. Y.

DOMESTIC SCIENCE EXPERTS. Refer to Y. W. C. A., 600 Lexington Ave., New York. Kind of work: Cafeteria management. Requirements: Age 30-50. Religion: Protestant Evangelical. Or U. S. Department of Agriculture, Miss Helen W. Atwater, Washington, D. C. Or U. S. Food Administration, Washington, D, C.

DRAFTSMEN. Refer to U. S. Civil Service Commission, Washington, D. C.

ENTERTAINERS. Refer to Playground and Recreation Association of America, 1 Madison Ave., New York. Kind of work: Entertainment, in camps and in camp communities. Or Mrs. Winthrop W. Aldrich, Bureau of Registration, Y. W. C. A., 4 West 58th St., New York. Or Y. M. C. A., 9th and Pennsylvania Ave., N. W., Washington, D. C.

FACTORY AND OTHER INDUSTRIAL WORKERS. Refer to U. S. Department of Labor, Woman's Division, Washington, D. C.

FARMERS. Refer to U. S. Department of. Agriculture, Washington, D. C. Or U. S. Food Administration, Washington, D. C. Or Director of Extension Work, State College of Agriculture, in your own state. Or State Home Demonstration Agent, State College of Agriculture, in your own state.

FERMENTATION MYCOLOGY, Assistant in. Refer to U. S Civil Service Commission, Washington, D. C. Salary, $1200 a year.

FINGER PRINT EXPERT'S. Refer to U. S. Civil Service Commission, Washington, D. C.

FOREST PATHOLOGY, Assistant in. Refer to U. S. Civil Service Commission, Washington, D. C.

GEOLOGIC AID, Assistant Geologist. Refer to U. S. Civil Service Commission, Washington, D, C. Salary, $60 a month to $1500 a year.

INSPECTOR OF SMALL ARMS. Refer to U. S. Civil Service Commission, Washington, D. C.

LIBRARIANS. Refer to U. S. Civil Service Commission, Washington, D. C. Work: Index and catalog clerks.

MASSEUSES. (See Reconstruction Aides.)

MATRONS. Refer to Y. W. C. A., 600 Lexington Ave., New York. Kind of work: Matrons in hostess houses. Or Committee on Protective Work for Girls, Commission on Training Camp Activities; War Department, 19th and G Sts., Washington, D. C. Kind of work: Matron in detention homes in camp cities.

MUSICIANS. Refer to Playground and Recreation Association of America, 1 Madison Ave,, New York. Kind of work: Entertainments in camps and all other community activities.

NURSES. Refer to Miss Ella Phillips Crandall, Committee on Nursing, General Medical Board, Council of National Defense, Washington, D. C. Kind of work: All nursing and nurses' training. Or American Red Cross.

NURSES, Training Camp for. Refer to Dean of the Training Camp, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N. Y. Or Council of National Defense, Washington, D. C. Or American Bed Cross, Washington, D. C.

PATENT OFFICE, Assistant examiner in. Refer to U. S. Civil Service Commission, Washington, D. C.

PLANT INDUSTRY, Bureau of Preparator in Nematology. Refer to U. S. Civil Service Commission, Washington, D. C. Salary, $660 to $1000 a year.

PLANT PATHOLOGY. Dr. Erwin F. Smith, in charge of laboratory of plant pathology, U. S. Department of Agriculture, states that since plant pathology is a relatively new science, its ranks have never been too well filled, and workers have been chiefly young men, many of whom are now engaged in military service. Therefore, there is serious shortage of trained workers. Dr. Smith sees no reason why suitably trained women cannot do as good work as men in the laboratory. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie; N. Y., has plans for the training of women along this line.

RECONSTRUCTION AIDES. Refer to Miss Marguerite Sanderson, Supervisor, Reconstruction Aides, Surgeon General's Office, War Department, Washington, D. C. Kind of work: Special massage, orthopedical care of wounded soldiers, handicraft work for wounded soldiers. Or First National Service School, Woman's Service, Inc., 1606 20th St., N. W, Washington, D. C.

RURAL MAIL CARRIERS. Refer to U. S. Civil Service Commission, Washington, D. C.

SECRET SERVICE. The Department of Justice has on only very few occasions appointed women to its investigative force, and in only special cases, where possibly they would fit in better than men. The department has now about fifteen thousand applications on file, among which are about two hundred women applicants.

SECRETARIES, Industrial. Refer to Y. W. C. A., 600 Lexington Ave., New York, N. Y. Requirements: A human understanding and a very human interest; a knowledge of the actual industrial conditions of today with an industrial viewpoint; a theoretical background of economic and sociological training; a personality to which girls will quickly respond and a sympathetic sharing in the purpose of the organization. Salary from $1000 to $1600.

SCIENTISTS. Refer to U. S. Civil Service Commission, Washington, D. C. Or General Medical Board of the Council of National Defense, Washington, D. C.

SOCIAL WORKERS. Refer to American Red Cross, Washington, D. C., Department of Civilian Relief. Kind of work: Assisting families of soldiers. Or Committee on Protective Work for Girls, 19th and G St., Washington, D. C. Kind of work: Paid positions as field agents, probation officers, supervisors of dance halls, etc. Requirements: Previous training in social work. Volunteer workers also needed. Or Y. M. C. A., 124 East 28th St., New York. Kind of work: Community work in camp cities. Or Y. W. C. A., 600; Lexington- Ave., New York. Kind of work: Work with girls' clubs and in hostess houses in camp communities.

SOCIAL WORKERS ABROAD. Refer to Committee for the Care of French Mothers and Children, 505 Fifth Ave., New York. Kind of work: Social work with French families. Requirements: Good education, ability to pay expenses, some knowledge of French, 4-10 months for preparation. Must be Protestant. (See Canteen Workers.) (Reconstruction Aides.)

STENOGRAPHERS. (See Clerks, Yeomen.)

SUPERVISORS, Women Workers in Munitions Plants. Refer to Women's Division, Industrial Service Section, 1335 F St., Washington, D. C.

TEACHERS. Refer to Committee on Educational Propaganda, Woman's Committee, Council of National Defense, Washington, D. C. Kind of work: Patriotic work in their own schools.

TEACHERS, in Indian Service. Refer to U. S. Civil Service Commission, Washington, D. C. Salary $600 to $720. In Philippine Island Service. Refer to U. S. Civil Service Commission, Washington, D. C. Salary $1000 to $2000.

TEACHERS OF BLIND. Refer to American Red Cross, Boston, Massachusetts. Course is given in Boston for preparation of teachers. Or Perkins Institute for the Blind, Boston, Massachusetts. Or School for the Blind, Overlook, Pennsylvania. Or State School for Blind in your own state.

TEACHERS OF HOME ECONOMICS. Refer to U. S. Civil Service Commission, Washington, D. C. Or U. S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D. C. Or U. S. Food Administration, Washington, D. C.

TEACHERS, Rural. Refer to Committee on Educational Propaganda, Woman's Committee, Council of National Defense, Washington, D. C. Kind of work: Patriotic work in schools.

TELEGRAPH OPERATORS. Refer to U. S. Civil Service Commission, Washington, D. C. (Western Union and Postal Telegraph Companies provide training schools for recruits. For information refer to respective companies.)

TELEPHONE OPERATORS ABROAD. Refer to Chief Signal Officer, War Department, Washington, D. C. Kind of work: Operators in France. Requirements: Knowledge of French and English.

TRAINING COURSES. Refer to Columbia University, Committee on Woman's War Work, New York. 1. Emergency Social Service. 2. Agriculture. 3. Emergency Food Service. 4. Clerical Service. 5. Emergency Scientific Service. 6. Nursing as a Field of National Service for College Women. 7. Massage and Occupation Therapy.

TRAINING SCHOOLS. Refer to National Service Schools for Women, 1602 20th St., Washington, D. C. (Military camps for women. Training given along several lines.)

TYPISTS. (See Clerks.)

WELFARE EXECUTIVE SECRETARIES. Refer to U. S. Civil Service Commission, Washington, D. C. Entrance salary from $2400 to $2800 a year.

WIRELESS TELEGRAPH OPERATORS. Little demand for women as radio operators either in the Navy or commercial life. So far only one woman has been appointed. Position secured by competitive examination. Women are advised to study Morse telegraphy instead of radio inasmuch as there is a shortage of competent telegraphers.

YEOMEN. Refer to Naval Reserve and Enrollment Office, 10th and Pennsylvania Ave., S. E., Washington, D. C. Kind of work: Expert stenographers.

© J. Fred MacDonald, 2013



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