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, was once one among the novel new girl 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 foreign Councils of girls, in addition to constructing the 1st institution for the learning of family technological know-how academics in Canada and placing jointly the 1st Canadian household technological know-how textbook, popularly referred to as the Little pink Book.< p>
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9 It was a fine autumn day, and this, coupled with curiosity about Lady Aberdeen, helped draw the largest crowd ever to attend a women's meeting in Toronto up to that time. " 12 In other words, in the view of the Victorian establishment, it was a highly respectable gathering. Exactly how respectable it was can be judged from the list of women on the platform. Along with the Countess of Aberdeen were Adelaide and her YWCA associates, Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Harvie, as well as Dr. Stowe Gullen, Lady Gzowski and more than a dozen other notable women from Toronto and elsewhere.
Holden interpreted the events of the meeting. In a front page story in the Hamilton Times, she defended her own actions and referred to Adelaide's speech,' 'much of which I think was uncalled for... I think that desire for office is the secret of a great deal of the trouble/'20 47 Adelaide declined to make a statement to the Times or to have anything further to do with the Local Council under the existing circumstances. She could bide her time. 48 Chapter Five A School of Domestic Science At any rate, Adelaide was not about to let factional disagreements divert her.
Perhaps it was this guilt that turned her into a zealous advocate of food reform. Tenacious, energetic, and insatiably curious about any subject which interested her, she would have read everything she could find on nutrition, hygiene, and cooking, and used her knowledge and 42 considerable powers of persuasion to win others to her cause. So,while she was not a professional cook, she was the guiding spirit behind the YWCA cooking classses. At least some Hamiltonians were willing to admit the need for cooking classes.
Adelaide Hoodless: Domestic Crusader by Cheryl MacDonald