February 10th, 1909

Council Meeting held on Wednesday, February 10th, 1909 at 3 o’clock


Present Miss Emily Cox (Chair), Councillor A. A. Purcell, Councillor James Johnston, Mrs. O. M. Aldridge (Secretary).

Apologies. Apologies for absence submitted from Councillor Margaret Ashton, Mrs. J. J. Findlay, Mrs. John Dendy, Mr. H.V. Herford.

Minutes. The Minutes of the last meeting were read and passed.

Election of Chairman. Councillor James Johnston moved and Councillor Purcell seconded that Miss Emily Cox be re-elected Chairman and Mr. H. V. Herford Treasurer for the year 1909.

Mrs. John Dendy and Councillor Purcell join the Council. Letters were read from Mrs. John Dendy and Councillor A. A. Purcell accepting the invitation to join the Council.

Miss Violet Hewitt. A letter was also read from Miss Violet Hewitt thanking the Council for their invitation and regretting her inability to accept it.

Mrs. Carpenter asked to join the Council. Miss Cox moved and Councillor Johnston seconded that Mrs. Carpenter be asked to become a Member of the Council.

Report of 14th Annual Meeting. It was reported that the Annual Meeting was held on Tuesday, February 2nd in the Lord Mayors Parlour. Miss Emily Cox presided. The speakers were the Very Rev. Dr. Anselm Poock, Councillor Margaret Ashton, Councillor A. A. Purcell, Mrs. Etchells, Mr. Herford, Mr. Richard Robinson and Mrs. O. M. Aldridge.

Finance. The Financial Statement for the month was presented by the Secretary in absence of the Treasurer.

Manchester Royal Infirmary and Medical Women. Councillor Johnston moved and Councillor Purcell seconded “that the Women’s Trades Union Council desires to express to the committee of the Manchester Royal Infirmary its strong conviction that qualified medical women should have the same opportunities as men of being appointed members of the Infirmary Medical staff since they have been subjected to the same conditions as men in obtaining their degree.” The Secretary was instructed to forward a copy of the resolution to the Infirmary Committee.

Sub-Committee Minutes. The Minutes of the Organisation Sub-Committee were read.

Organisation. Confectioners Meeting These showed that organisation work was proposed amongst umbrella makers and finishers, that it was also proposed to hold a meeting for confectioners at the Amalgamated Bakers and Confectioners’ Club for the purpose of increasing membership and influence of the Women’s Society. A meeting organised by the Kindred Trades Federation in the shipping industry to extend organisation amongst the women in the trade had been addressed by Mrs. Aldridge.

Lily Spence