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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, was once 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 quite a few foreign Councils of ladies, in addition to constructing the 1st tuition for the educational of family technology academics in Canada and placing jointly the 1st Canadian household technology textbook, popularly often called 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.

She was a member of the conference committee on religion, for instance, and she undoubtedly listened to speeches on education. With daughters of her own, she could not fail to be impressed by the remarks of Professor Ellen Hayes of Wellesley College. The girl who enters upon life in 1900 is going to have a fairer chance than her grandmother's mother had; and who is not glad to think of that woman of the far-off future in whose coming the analogies of science permit us to believe? In larger measure than any that we have experienced of, she will possess the truth, and truth will make her free.

She was a great mother, and her wonderfully developed mother's instinct was large enough to include all classes and creeds. 9 Apparently Adelaide was a superb cook who baked the most delicious cookies, and the children of the neighbourhood often dropped in to share them with Edna, Bernard, and Muriel. There is also a tantalizing hint that, beneath her no-nonsense exterior was a heart bursting with Victorian sentimentality. Among the Hoodless family papers is a note addressed to' 'Santa Claus, Cleveland, Ohio/' Dated December 1893, it was written by nine-year old Edna while she was staying with her aunt in Ohio.

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