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By Cheryl MacDonald

Adelaide Hunter Hoodless, lifelong crusader for the popularity of the household sciences (cooking, stitching, childcare and house responsibilities) 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 overseas Councils of ladies, in addition to setting up the 1st university for the learning of household technological know-how lecturers in Canada and placing jointly the 1st Canadian household technological know-how textbook, popularly referred to as the Little crimson Book.< p>

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But Adelaide was not about to ignore any avenues which might lead to her goal. She and the ladies who had called on the Board of Education made the trip to Toronto and spoke with George Ross. At the suggestion of the Honourable J. 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.

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. For Adelaide, it was a triumphant finale in her battle with Mrs. Holden for power within the Local Council. Now that her friends were 51 in control of the executive, Adelaide could easily persuade the Local Council to support her interests.

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

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