By Cheryl MacDonald
Adelaide Hunter Hoodless, lifelong crusader for the popularity of the household sciences (cooking, stitching, childcare and house responsibilities) and an early proponent of domestic economics in Canada, was once one in every of the novel new lady 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 various foreign Councils of ladies, in addition to developing the 1st college for the educational of household technological know-how lecturers in Canada and placing jointly the 1st Canadian family technology textbook, popularly referred to as the Little purple Book.< p>
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It calls for higher and higher ideals of home life and more respect for domestic occupations. In short, it is a direct education for women as homemakers. The management of the home has more to do in the moulding of character than any other influence, owing to the large place it fills in the early life of the individual during the most plastic stage of development. 16 Strange as it seems today, the domestic science movement was partly inspired by nineteenth-century feminists who saw it as a means of elevating woman's work to the level of a profession.
A detailed letter explained the function of the Council, and, in response to further inquiries, said the president's chief duty would be to oversee the London Congress. It seemed largely an honorary position, so Lady Aberdeen accepted it and turned her attention to other matters, including the move to Canada where her husband was to take up his viceregal duties. Still, as she later wrote, "I was destined to be quickly educated as to what a National Council of Women might mean/' 8 The groundwork for the National Council had been laid during the weeks following Adelaide's return from Chicago.
A common argument in regard to industrial training for girls is that home should be the school for industrial knowledge. How many homes can be taken as types of what a true home should be? And how can a woman teach what she does not know herself, and in many cases not had the opportunity to learn before assuming the management of a home and children.. let us look at the present system. The mind is educated while the executive functions have been neglected. 1 The force of her personality, the logic of her arguments, and the fact that she was a highly placed member of the National Council combined to win approval of the resolution from the Local Council.