This week in Herstory 2014: Federated Women’s Institute of Canada

28 Feb

A fantastic post about Adelaide Hunter Hoodless! Very interesting! -tk

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Adelaide Hunter Hoodless was one of the founders of the Women’s Institute.

The week surrounding Feb. 19 is Women’s Institute Week. This date in February marks the inaugural meeting of the Women’s Institute, held Feb. 19, 1897 in Ontario. Throughout the week, Women’s Institute members across Canada celebrate the founding of the organization and the impact the members’ volunteer efforts have made through the years.

As noted on the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario website, the story of how the organization came to be is one that resonates with women all over the world:

In the summer of 1889, Adelaide Hunter Hoodless lost her 14-month-old son from consumption of contaminated milk.  Hoodless was staggered that her own education had not provided the knowledge needed to protect her household from such a tragedy.  Thus began her tireless campaign, not only for clean milk, but for the education of girls and…

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Posted by on February 28, 2014 in On This Day


4 responses to “This week in Herstory 2014: Federated Women’s Institute of Canada

  1. seeker

    March 2, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    This is perfect for international women’s day on the 8th of March!

    • tkmorin

      March 2, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      Oh yeah, I forgot this was just around the corner. Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

  2. Gypsy Bev

    February 28, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    What a wonderful legacy Adelaide Hoodless left for the women of Canada. Sounds like she was a woman way ahead of her time. Great story!

    • tkmorin

      February 28, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      I keep thinking that if these brave women hasn’t been there to do all they did, I’d hate to see how we would be living now!


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