Adelaide Hoodless: Domestic Crusader by Cheryl MacDonald

By Cheryl MacDonald

Adelaide Hunter Hoodless, lifelong crusader for the popularity of the family sciences (cooking, stitching, childcare and housekeeping) and an early proponent of domestic economics in Canada, was once one among the novel new lady 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 overseas Councils of ladies, in addition to setting up the 1st college for the learning of family technology academics in Canada and placing jointly the 1st Canadian household technological know-how textbook, popularly often called the Little pink Book.< p>

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13 In an attempt to persuade the Board, Mrs. Papps indicated there was already public support for the project:' 'a number of friends have promised medals for the competition/'14 Furthermore, the Hamilton Gas Company had offered to supply a gas range and fuel for an experimental kitchen. To add further weight to the argument, Mrs. Lyle said that Minister of Education George Ross seemed in favour of the project. The reaction of the Board can only be described as cautiously favourable. One trustee, J.

Victorian meals were gargantuan by today's standards: a typical breakfast might include bread, cooked potatoes, fruit, beef, ham or fish. Almost all baked goods were made at home, generally on Tuesdays, Thursdays and 41 Saturdays, and, again, this was a chore the lady of the house usually handled alone. Typically, she produced not only white and brown bread, but also fancy cakes, pastries and pies filled with fruits she had preserved herself. The importance of cooking and its effects on health were frequently emphasized by lecturers, writers and health reformers.

Holden's unilateral action. Although the Times reporter refrained from mentioning any comments made by the membership regarding Mrs. Holden's presumptuousness, it was apparent that the women of the Local Council — at least those who attended the meeting— were tired of Mrs. Holden's highandedness. Adelaide was probably expressing the sentiments of the majority when she complained,' 'Mrs. Holden has had the entire management of the affairs of the Council.... ''10 Needless to say, Mary Rose Holden's resignation was accepted by a unanimous vote.

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