By Cheryl MacDonald
Adelaide Hunter Hoodless, lifelong crusader for the popularity of the household sciences (cooking, stitching, childcare and home tasks) and an early proponent of domestic economics in Canada, used to be certainly one of the unconventional new girl of the past due 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 ladies, in addition to developing the 1st university for the learning of family technology 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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Moreover, it is highly possible each recognized and admired in the other the energy and persistence necessary to accomplish the important reforms which would improve conditions for the women of Canada. The day after the statue unveiling on 27 October, both women were in Toronto for the mass meeting which would inaugurate the National Council of Women. Fifteen hundred women attended the meeting at the Horticultural Pavilion, along with a handful of men. As the Toronto Globe noted, It was a meeting of women, for women managed by women — if exception be made of the part taken in it by the young men who acted as ushers, by the members of the orchestra and the policemen, and by Inspector James L.
On the intellectual side of her nature she will accept evidence or proof as a directive force in place of the now dominant emotions. On the aesthetic side she will realize that a home should not be a bric-a-brac shop, and that a woman gives in attention to the adornment of her person she loses in power to see and appreciate the splendour of the the wide world around her. 4 With so many prophesizing a glorious future for womankind, Chicago was an exciting place to be. The very atmosphere was electric with the spirit of reform and Adelaide, already conscious of the problems facing both working women and homemakers, was stirred by the glimpses of what might be.
Apparently, the senator was not aware that a donation of $100 was required to become a National Council patron, compared to $50 for the local organization. He wired back that the decision was in Mrs. Papp's hands, and she promptly made him a patron of the national society. " And, of course, the National Society needs the money/' remarked Mrs. Hoodless with a rich tinge of humour/' 11 Adelaide's sense of humour was to be frequently strained in the cause of domestic science. Soon after their return from Ottawa, a deputation of ladies from the Local Council called on the Hamilton Board of Education.