Dear Editor and Friends: Letters from Rural Women of the by Norah L. Lewis

By Norah L. Lewis

How did girls within the early 20th century, newly arrived in North-West Canada, do something about their unusual new lives — so very varied from the lives they used to steer? How did they see themselves and their function in frontier existence?

within the early 20th century, drawn west by way of the promise of unfastened land, fiscal luck or non secular and political freedom, ladies moved from jap Canada and out of the country to farms and ranches in North-West Canada. they found that it used to be no longer the utopia touted through govt propaganda or land brokers. additionally they came upon that there has been a decide upon yet assorted staff of rural girls who shared their universal reviews of isolation, of labor and accountability, of poverty and forget. yet, extra importantly, they shared wisdom of independence and self-reliance and of delight in what that they had comprehensive.

via letters written to the women’s pages in agricultural newspapers, they cast a necessary community that supported, inspired and trained ladies in how one can enhance their rural lives. Their letters exhibit how those rural girls made major and important contributions to the cost and improvement of the Canadian North-West.

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If it rains, then the cows turn their backs and go before it, sometimes going miles in a single night between dark and daylight, or until some creek stops them, for they will not cross water in the dark if the banks are the least bit steep. The same with the mosquitoes, only they face the breeze and go right ahead. I usually have to ride between thirty and forty miles a day, often more; it depends on the cattle. In the fall it is easy, as they have to stay around the creeks or springs for water.

The dissemination of birth control information was illegal, but readers appeared to share what little they knew. For example, "Snow Bird," Free 16 Introduction 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Press Prairie Farmer, May 8, 1929: "Snow Bird" complained that she had used squaw vine as recommended by "Young Manitoba," but it was unsuccessful and she was pregnant. Carol Bacchi, "Divided Allegiances: The Response of Farm and Labour Women to Suffrage," in A Not Unreasonable Claim: Women and Reform in Canada 1880s-1920s, ed.

6 When Alberta and Saskatchewan celebrated their seventy-fifth anniversaries as provinces in 1980, dozens of Western communities produced fine local histories: Susan Jackel, A Flannel Shirt and Liberty: British Emigrant Gentlewomen in the Canadian West, 1880-1914 (Vancouver: University of British Columbia 14 Introduction 7 8 9 10 11 12 Press, 1982), xviii, xxii-xxiii; Jaroslav Petryshyn, Peasants in the Promised Land: Canada and the Ukrainians (Toronto: Lorimer, 1985), 74-82; Mary E. Inderwick, "A Lady and Her Ranch," in The Best from Alberta History, ed.

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