Perhaps the author was a little cynical; perhaps not.
Is it not possible that in 1919, with the soldiers returning or already home, the women and girls who had found purpose in helping with the war efforts were not ready to stop feeling useful? Perhaps they would have been at a loss without charitable work to do? With the great loss of life of men of a marrying age, there would have been many girls left as spinsters. I’m sure it was not as easy as doing a little sewing to “catch” a man.
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