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"A While Ago and Today"

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Irene Parlby, "A While Ago and Today" Canadian Magazine July 1928.

Picture our absurd nervousness [at the early U.F.W.A. convention] when we rose to give our reports or offer suggestions. Where was the courage of the Pioneer? We were scared to open our mouths; afraid to frame or move a resolution! Shaking knees! Trembling voices! . . .

We were groping blindly at those first meetings, toward a vision but dimly discerned; a vision which was to be made clear to us as the years went on.

I was elected first President, with the gigantic and rather terrifying task of building up a Provincial organization, of evolving policies and fixing a goal toward which to work. We had no money to work with, no prestige, and were to co-operate with a men's group which, while outwardly polite, did not at first realize the added strength which the women would lend to their own movement.


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