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 lady 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 overseas Councils of girls, in addition to setting up the 1st university for the educational of family technology lecturers in Canada and placing jointly the 1st Canadian household technology textbook, popularly often called the Little crimson Book.< p>
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Relying on cooking skills handed down from generation to generation was not always feasible as technology improved and more and more people moved from rural to urban areas. Additionally, the basics of hygiene and nutrition were only beginning to reach the middle classes, and women who relied on old-fashioned methods of food preparation put their families in danger of food poisoning or worse. It's possible that the shock of her son, John Harold's death, if it did result from contaminated food, made Adelaide feel guilty about her own ignorance of food handling.
The idea of an organization simply designed to get all workers to know and appreciate one another, and to unite for common purposes has been difficult to inoculate, however it has been done/'21 Finally, there was the problem of religious differences, specifically regarding what type of prayer should be used to open Council meetings. Given its fundamental purpose of uniting women in a common cause, it was essential that the organization not be fragmented by religious differences. Yet, as demonstrated by the fracas at Adelaide's own church, religious beliefs divided as often as they united.
One of the first public indications of the plan was a report in the Hamilton Spectator on 2 January 1894, announcing the class would open later that month, and that a professional cook, Miss Surridge of Toronto, would teach. The first class was held on schedule, on Saturday, January 20th, and reported upon by the Hamilton Times: At half past one, when the lecture began, upwards of thirty ladies with notebooks and pencils were ranged around the long kitchen table, whereupon were placed the various material required in the demonstrations.