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 one in all the novel 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 quite a few overseas Councils of girls, in addition to developing the 1st institution for the learning of household technology academics in Canada and placing jointly the 1st Canadian household technology textbook, popularly referred to as the Little purple Book.< p>
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12 After citing similar programmes in other countries and quoting experts, including a teacher of' 'sanitary chemistry'' at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the ladies requested three things: 1. That classes in cooking and sewing be added to the curriculum of the Hamilton public schools; that girls in three higher grades be given two lessons a week in cooking and two lessons in sewing; that the five grades receive instruction in sewing in two lessons a week of half an hour or an hour as may be most expedient, and that competent teachers be provided for each department.
In order to bring the matter more prominently before the women of Hamilton arrangements are being made for the President — that queen among women — Her Excellency Lady Aberdeen, to give an address on the subject in the near 37 future, and when one considers the opportunity thus provided for meeting and learning some of the charming qualities possessed by the Vice Regal Lady of Canada, and who has already won a place in the hearts of true women of the land such as none of her predecessors ever approached, this in itself is sufficient proof of the desirability of a National Council....
Miss Surridge was very ably assisted throughout by Mrs. Hoodless, Miss McKenzie and others. The ladies one and all declared the experiment a perfect success and the number will undoubtedly be doubled on Saturday next. 1 To understand why the opening of cooking classes was a newsworthy event, as well as one which provoked some controversy, it is necessary to understand the situation of Victorian women, especially popular attitudes towards women and work. While many women worked out of necessity, they were generally looked down upon.
Adelaide Hoodless: Domestic Crusader by Cheryl MacDonald