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Nellie McClung on Women's Organizations

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Nellie McClung, ms., personal papers.

Women's organizations . . . have come into being, as an expression of women's inherent desire to make life easier for someone, and the world a better place to live in. When the pioneer woman hurried through her own work, and then walked across the snowy field, with three loaves of bread, and her last jar of preserves, to minister to her sick neighbour and stayed to clean the house, wash the children, and cook a meal, she laid the foundation for the Victorian Order of Nurses, and the Women's Institutes. When she went over to the school to hearten the teacher, who was young and homesick, and talked over with her the problem of the Zink family whose big boy Bill would neither work in school nor let anyone else work, she was laying the corner stone of her great parent-teachers association. And when she gathered two other neighbour women and together they pieced a quilt for the new preacher's rapidly increasing family, she became the forerunner of the great and powerful Ladies Aid and Missionary Societies whose splendid activities each year would fill many volumes.

Reprinted by permission of Women's Press.

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