By Cheryl MacDonald
Adelaide Hunter Hoodless, lifelong crusader for the popularity of the family sciences (cooking, stitching, childcare and house responsibilities) and an early proponent of domestic economics in Canada, was once one in every of the unconventional 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 a number of foreign Councils of girls, in addition to constructing the 1st institution for the learning of household technological know-how lecturers in Canada and placing jointly the 1st Canadian household technology textbook, popularly referred to as the Little crimson Book.< p>
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Mrs. George P&pps presided in her place, and her first item of business was to read Mary Holden's letter of resignation. The letter was brief, and the reason for it was soon made clear. Mrs. Holden had signed a memo on prison reform on behalf of the Local Council and instructed Bertha Savage, the corresponding secretary to mail it. However, as Mrs. Papps "indignantly"9 pointed out, few of the Local Council members had heard the details of the issue, which had only-90-Feen discussed in Ottawa. The fact that Bertha Savage was not asked to resign indicates she probably informed Adelaide and the Local Council executive of Mrs.
But Adelaide was not about to ignore any avenues which might lead to her goal. She and the ladies who had called on the Board of Education made the trip to Toronto and spoke with George Ross. At the suggestion of the Honourable J. M. Gibson, whose wife was a member of the delegation, the women first presented a short argument detailing the advantages of domestic and manual training for boys and girls. 16 The women further requested that similar courses be offered to high school students. While Ross was polite, he could offer no encouragement.
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. As the glove-muffled applause subsided, she said how privileged she felt to be a part of the meeting: It is not the first meeting that I have attended having objects such as those which have been put before us.
Adelaide Hoodless: Domestic Crusader by Cheryl MacDonald