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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.