By Cheryl MacDonald
Adelaide Hunter Hoodless, lifelong crusader for the popularity of the household sciences (cooking, stitching, childcare and housekeeping) and an early proponent of domestic economics in Canada, used to be one in every of the novel new girl of the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries. She helped flip the Canadian YWCA right into a nationwide association. She based the Women's Institute, assisted within the founding of the Victorian Order of Nurses and represented Canada on quite a few overseas Councils of girls, in addition to setting up the 1st institution for the educational of household technological know-how academics in Canada and placing jointly the 1st Canadian family technological know-how textbook, popularly referred to as the Little purple Book.< p>
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17 34 As she concluded her speech, Lady Aberdeen said, I am requested to make the following motion:' 'Resolved: — that this meeting do heartily endorse the formation of a national council of women for Canada, believing that by means of such a federation a more intimate knowledge of one another's work will be gained, which will rely in large mutual sympathy, greater unity of thought, and therefore, in more effective actions, especially in matters that may arise from time to time which command a general interest/'18 After the motion was seconded, the audience was asked to vote on it.
9 It was a fine autumn day, and this, coupled with curiosity about Lady Aberdeen, helped draw the largest crowd ever to attend a women's meeting in Toronto up to that time. " 12 In other words, in the view of the Victorian establishment, it was a highly respectable gathering. Exactly how respectable it was can be judged from the list of women on the platform. Along with the Countess of Aberdeen were Adelaide and her YWCA associates, Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Harvie, as well as Dr. Stowe Gullen, Lady Gzowski and more than a dozen other notable women from Toronto and elsewhere.
Cummings and Mrs. Harvie, as well as Dr. Stowe Gullen, Lady Gzowski and more than a dozen other notable women from Toronto and elsewhere. The meeting opened with Mrs. Mary McDonnell, the president of the provisional executive of the Women's Federation, as the Council had been called up to that time, reiterating the decision which had grown out of the 33 Chicago Congress, that a federation of Canadian women's organizations should be established. Then, after some introductory remarks and the presentation of a bouquet of flowers (the third she had received that day) Lady Aberdeen took the floor.
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