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By Monda Halpern

Concentrating on white; Anglo-Protestant farm girls in southern and southwestern Ontario, Monda Halpern argues that many Ontario farm girls have been certainly feminist, and that this feminism used to be extra innovative than their conservative photograph has instructed. In And On That Farm He Had a spouse Halpern demonstrates that Ontario farm ladies adhered to social feminism -- a feminism that interested in values and stories linked to girls and that emphasised the diversities among men and women, selling girl specificity, cohesion, and separatism. those ideas have been educated by means of farm women's overlapping roles as other halves and unpaid farm labourers.

Because males usually owned the "family farm", farm women's fiscal welfare depended mostly at the tender negotiation in their interconnected roles. but the ladies Halpern uncovers have been strangely outspoken approximately their devaluation at the farm and approximately patriarchal traditions and associations that mistreated ladies usually. And On That Farm He Had a spouse exhibits how Ontario farm other halves and daughters sought to enhance their lives, mainly in the course of the domestic economics circulate and Women's Institutes. They dedicated themselves to non-public improvement, to raising the character and standing in their paintings, and to public participation in social reform designed to assist others in addition to themselves. All of those efforts have been an expression in their social feminism, which persisted in spite of the dramatic alterations in rural lifestyles at mid-century.

And On That Farm He Had a spouse will attract students and scholars of Canadian historical past, women's heritage, and rural reviews, in addition to to basic readers attracted to a ignored tale of Ontario's previous.

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Women were indeed dedicated to the success of the farm, but they themselves recognized their disadvantaged status there, and discerned that their interests and needs often opposed those of their men. Indeed, farm wives and daughters decried their unmerciful workload and the devaluation of their labour, and in so doing asserted a shared recognition of female oppression for which many of them impugned farm men. Accordingly, gender conflict, a necessary condition for a feminist impetus, was in no way rare on the farm, where women expressed self-determination, hope for womencentred reforms, and a well-spring of informal coping strategies, all which spoke to their efforts at agency.

Institute records are a valuable resource for the historical examination of farm women, yet they are also not without their limitations. Because the wi claimed hundreds of local clubs, and existed at both the district and provincial level, it was far from monolithic. None of its records taken individually, then, can be understood as entirely representative of the group and its members. But at every level, and even when used selectively as I have done, they can illuminate meaningful trends in the concerns, goals, and pursuits of Institute women.

Institute records are a valuable resource for the historical examination of farm women, yet they are also not without their limitations. Because the wi claimed hundreds of local clubs, and existed at both the district and provincial level, it was far from monolithic. None of its records taken individually, then, can be understood as entirely representative of the group and its members. But at every level, and even when used selectively as I have done, they can illuminate meaningful trends in the concerns, goals, and pursuits of Institute women.

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