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In your own family:

My grandmother was a lifelong member of the Women's Christian Temperance Union. Behind her back we giggled at the old ladies and their anti-booze meetings. We had absolutely no idea how this organization had shaped our history and our lives.


Nellie McClung and other suffragettes found their political voices in the WCTU.

My mother was a lifelong member of the Women's Institute. Also not taken very seriously by the next generation. It was founded in Hamilton by a woman who lost her baby to contaminated unpasteurized milk. Its aim was to promote the education of women, particularly rural women and has grown into an international organization. The local chapters met once a month and meetings always included a speaker presenting some kind of interesting and educational material, often a view of life in another country. I sometimes secretly wished I could go to the meeting with my mother to hear the speaker. In our current life of internet connections, it's easy to get another point of view. The Women's Institute provided this for rural women for more than a century and is still alive and well today.

As a young college student I felt keenly a duty to make the world a better place. I helped found an organization that worked with the runaway kids that abounded in the sixties and early seventies. Some of them found themselves having babies and our organization went out on the streets to find them and try to provide information on baby care and places where they might find some help. That was just one of the things I did.

Once upon a time there was International Women's Year. The slogan - You've come a long way, baby! I think it appies here. We all stand on the shoulders of the women who came before us and should take seriously what they have given us.


Thank you for posting this Mum...Four generations of women, working for women...so awesome.

In my own spiritual practice I honour those who came before me. I find purpose and comfort that my calling is founded by my own family.


Thank you for posting this! This is so very important to read about. I just watched Iron Jawed Angels for the first time a few weeks ago and it impacted me very much!

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