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 every 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 a number of foreign Councils of ladies, in addition to developing the 1st institution for the learning of household technological know-how academics in Canada and placing jointly the 1st Canadian family technological know-how textbook, popularly often called the Little crimson Book.

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38 Eastcourt, the Hoodless family home, near Main and Sherman Streets, Hamilton, Ontario. Only the coachouse remains today. 39 Chapter Four Cooking Classes at the YWCA As 1894 approached, Adelaide busied herself with preparations for the holidays, her usual organizational duties, and the opening of cooking classes at the local YWCA. At the same time, she was nursing John through an illness. " Consequently, on 15 December, John wrote to the Board of Education, explaining that he had a sore throat and could not attend a regular meeting.

Rose Holden did not. As nominations for a new slate of officers began, Adelaide refused to allow her name to stand for the position of corresponding secretary. Bertha Savage was elected in her place. Was Adelaide's refusal a matter of principle, an objection to the lack of regard for organizational procedure, especially on Mary Rose Holden's part? Or was it a more personal objection? The Local Council was becoming divided into a Hoodless and anti-Hoodless faction. Although Mrs. Holden's tenacious grasp on the presidency was a point scored against the Hoodless faction, Adelaide attempted to get the last word in— at least on paper: Mrs.

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. 2. That this committee begs that accomodation be provided for these classes in the two new schools to be erected. 52 3.

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