McGill Queens Univ Pr
With introductory essays by historians, Framing Our Past emphasizes the lived experiences of women: their participation in many areas of social life, such as social rituals with other women; organized sporting clubs; philanthropic, spiritual and aesthetic activities; study and reading groups. The authors then focus on women's roles as nurturers and keepers of the hearth B their experiences with family management, child care, and health concerns. They consider women's varied contributions within formal and informal educational systems as well as their instrumental political role in consumer activism, social work, peace movements, and royal commissions. Canadian women's shaping of health care and science through nursing, physiotherapy and research are discussed, as is women's work, from domestic labour to dressmaking to broadcasting to banking. Using diary accounts, oral history, letters, organizational records, paintings, quilts, dressmaking patterns, milliners' records, posters, Framing our Past offers a unique opportunity to share what is rarely if ever seen, offering insights into the preservation and interpretation of historical sources.
Lavishly illustrated and written for a broad audience, Framing Our Past offers insights into the lives of individual Canadian women, the obscure as well as the better-known, who pioneered new activities or expanded the boundaries of women's traditional roles. On topics ranging from everyday life to education, politics, health, and economics, we see how women in Canada have contributed to and been influenced by the transformation of societies around the world. Book News
Reflecting a rethinking of the making of modern Canada, this well-illustrated anthology of 85 essays reaches beyond ivory tower images and taken for granted assumptions of women's roles. This sampling by primarily women contributors, drawn from personal and organizational records, emphasizes the experiences of diverse women engaged in all spheres of private and public life: from a vignette of Native community life, to profiles of innovators in many fields. Includes a cross-referenced essay index. 10 x 9.5 format. Cook is a professor of education at the U. of Ottawa. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)