Framing Our Past: Constructing Canadian Women’s History in by Sharon Anne Cook, Lorna R McLean, Kate O'Rourke

By Sharon Anne Cook, Lorna R McLean, Kate O'Rourke

With introductory essays by means of historians, Framing Our earlier emphasizes the lived studies of ladies: their participation in lots of parts of social lifestyles, similar to social rituals with different ladies; equipped carrying golf equipment; philanthropic, religious and aesthetic actions; research and studying teams. The authors then concentrate on women's roles as nurturers and keepers of the fireplace B their studies with relatives administration, baby care, and healthiness matters. they think about women's different contributions inside of formal and casual academic platforms in addition to their instrumental political function in customer activism, social paintings, peace pursuits, and royal commissions. Canadian women's shaping of wellbeing and fitness care and technological know-how via nursing, physiotherapy and study are mentioned, as is women's paintings, from family labour to dressmaking to broadcasting to banking. utilizing diary money owed, oral historical past, letters, organizational files, work, quilts, dressmaking styles, milliners' files, posters, Framing our previous deals a different chance to proportion what's not often if ever noticeable, providing insights into the maintenance and interpretation of historic sources.

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However, as the sssc entered the 19608, new recruits became harder to enlist and the program committee began to have difficulty securing papers for the season. "24 Later that year the members considered three options WINNIPEG WOMEN GETTING TOGETHER 13 for the future of the sssc: reducing the number of meetings per season, sponsoring discussion groups rather than inviting formal papers, or disbanding the club entirely. "25 The motion carried unanimously. In retrospect, and as related to the history of Winnipeg women's study groups, the Second World War can be seen as an important social-cultural marker.

While bitterness and dissatisfaction have existed, so too have affection, admiration, loyalty, and passion. The daily demands of personal education, health, and welfare, not to mention those of earning a livelihood, keeping a house and family, and having a 4 LIVING WOMEN'S LIVES good time, have regularly brought women into close proximity, sometimes to become allies, friends, and lovers. When male worlds, whether of work, religion, politics, or athletics, have been closed, women have all the more readily turned to their own sex for recognition and assistance.

What conventional notions of women's historical experiences are challenged by the articles and archival resources presented in this volume? What aspects of women's diversity and commonalities are presented through a comparison of time periods, regions, class, ethnicity, religiosity, and patterns of work? What do the themes found in this book explicate or obscure in our understanding of women's experiences during the twentieth century? INTRODUCTION Xxix This page intentionally left blank PART ONE Living Women's Lives This page intentionally left blank 1 Introduction Veronica Strong-Boag To the extent that women live lives different from men, they create different cultures, different ways of being in the world.

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