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By Norah L. Lewis

How did ladies within the early 20th century, newly arrived in North-West Canada, focus on their unusual new lives — so very diversified from the lives they used to steer? How did they see themselves and their function in frontier lifestyles?

within the early 20th century, drawn west via the promise of unfastened land, fiscal good fortune or non secular and political freedom, girls moved from japanese Canada and in a foreign country to farms and ranches in North-West Canada. they found that it was once no longer the utopia touted via govt propaganda or land brokers. additionally they came upon that there has been a decide upon yet various team of rural girls who shared their universal reports of isolation, of exertions and responsibility, of poverty and forget. yet, extra importantly, they shared wisdom of independence and self-reliance and of delight in what that they had entire.

via letters written to the women’s pages in agricultural newspapers, they solid an essential community that supported, inspired and informed ladies in how you can increase their rural lives. Their letters express how those rural girls made major and important contributions to the payment and improvement of the Canadian North-West.

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She has recovered now, but it is so hard for me to tell you the worst. My sweet baby boy, that God gave me on the 16th of December, He has also taken him from me. He died on April 3rd. He had pneumonia, and had almost recovered, but his heart was so weak the doctor was afraid he would succumb, but he did seem so much better the day before he died that I went to bed, I was so done up from nursing him. When I awoke at ten minutes past two, he was dead in my arms. Oh, it is so hard to me! I really thought I would go mad.

I am not defending the wealthy who for their own social pleasures forego the pleasure of having children. " 42 1905 ~ ~ Letters But, the poor already overburdened women and as a professional nurse I have seen some pitiful households and little children that I would like to forget if I could. " What about the starving millions in India, in old London and every large city. Yes, and small city too, starving both body and soul. Another thing, it is hardly fair that women should invariably have to shoulder the blame for childless homes, for while I admit that the fault is usually theirs, I know of several cases where the wife would give almost anything if the husband would consent to her having children.

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