By Katie Pickles
This it the 1st complete research concerning the greatest and most lasting staff of girl imperialists within the British Empire - the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE). After putting the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire within the context of contemporary scholarly paintings in Canadian, gender, imperial historical past, and post-colonial conception, the booklet follows the IODE’s background during the twentieth century. Chapters concentration upon the IODE’s makes an attempt to create a British Canada via its maternal feminist paintings in schooling, well-being, welfare, and citizenship. additionally it displays at the IODE’s responses to threats to Anglo-Canadian hegemony posed through immigration, international Wars, and Communism, and examines the advanced courting among imperial loyalty and settler nationalism. ReviewThis booklet is a well timed and meticulously researched research of a one ambitious association of ladies, the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire.This is a precious research that opens clean views on 'womens's paintings' in addition to at the formation of nationwide identity.The Canadian old overview in regards to the AuthorKatie Pickles is Senior Lecturer in background, college of Canterbury, New Zealand. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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The annual national meetings provided the most visible mechanism by which members, spread out over a vast geographic distance, were able to remain united. In an attempt to secure the membership and to make each region feel included, the locus shifted back and forth across Canada. These meetings were held in Canada’s grand hotels, such as the York in Toronto, the Beaverbrook in Fredericton, and the Hotel Vancouver. Attending such meetings from afar required considerable funds, and the appropriate attire, including hat and gloves, to meet the formality and the pomp and circumstance of these occasions.
There was a pragmatic need to expand the economy through an influx of immigrants who were prepared to perform heavy labour and farm work. 28 The IODE, still in its organizing stages, was not yet well enough established on the Prairies to offer comprehensive services for new immigrants during the first ten years of the century, but it had definite ideas as to how Canada’s immigrants should be recruited and assimilated, and, not surprisingly, exhibited a clear preference for immigrants from Britain.
A Toronto member recalls: ‘My mother was in it, a life member of Toronto, Ontario and national. ’66 Another member says that she was ‘born into IODE’. 67 Joining the IODE after marriage, invited by her new mother-in-law, was a frequent practice that has made many a member literally a ‘daughter’. A Toronto member joined in the late 1950s when her mother-in-law’s chapter, which had been together since before the First World War, was looking for new members. 68 In eastern Ontario a member was invited by her mother-in-law to join the IODE soon after she was married: ‘It had closed membership at that time.