By Cheryl MacDonald
Adelaide Hunter Hoodless, lifelong crusader for the popularity of the household sciences (cooking, stitching, childcare and housekeeping) and an early proponent of domestic economics in Canada, used to be one in all the unconventional 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 overseas Councils of girls, in addition to constructing the 1st college for the educational of household technological know-how lecturers in Canada and placing jointly the 1st Canadian household technology textbook, popularly referred to as the Little purple Book.< p>
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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. But Adelaide was not willing to give up easily. Did she appeal to his pride, arguing that Ontario should not fall behind other areas in its educational system? A onetime teacher and journalist, Ross was both ambitious and reform-minded.
The first annual convention of the National Council opened at ten o'clock on 11 April in the convocation hall of the Ottawa Normal school. One hundred and fifty people, including a handful of men, gathered amid flowers and flags to hear Lady Aberdenn's opening remarks. Then Emily Cummings, secretary of the National Council, reported on the formation of local councils across the country and the number of societies which were federated with them. Montreal led the list with thirty-two federated societies, followed by Ottawa with twenty-seven and Hamilton with twenty-five.
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. J. Mason, suggested the ladies should first receive Ministry approval. He also pointed out that the project, while worthwhile, would be expensive, and the Board had recently come under fire for the introduction of kindergarten classes. Moreover, there was a question of legality. The Ministry had not, as far as he was aware, granted permission to boards to hire teachers of domestic science.
Adelaide Hoodless: Domestic Crusader by Cheryl MacDonald