$20-A-WEEK LEAST ON WHICH GIRL CAN LIVE
Devils Lake, N.D., March 1. Twenty dollars a week is the minimum amount with which a North Dakota girl or woman can properly support herself, according to testimony submitted by a number of witnesses to the State bureau of compensation, which has been in session here.
The women who discussed living costs included telephone operators, clerks and hotel employees. Nearly all of them agreed upon the $20 minimum.
According to members of the compensation bureau, the testimony of the witnesses varied broadly as to the meaning of "necessities." Several young women put silk stockings in this class. Some held that five hats a year should be the absolute minimum.
Bismarck Tribune, 3/1/1920