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The National Council of Women of Canada

The National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC) was founded in 1893, when Lady Aberdeen had first come to Toronto and attended a meeting about organizing the Council in October. She was offered presidency and accepted, saying, “It is wonderful to see the intense desire and readiness of the women for some such movement as this, and it is awe-inspiring to find the work just prepared and ready to my hand” (as quoted by Schull 24). NCWC members.

Members of the NCWC at their national convention in Wasagaming in 1959 (L-R): Mrs. E. Johnson, Fr. Fraudina Eaton (NCWC President), Mrs. J. B. Whitehead, and Edith Hayland (WA 18, file 5).

The Canadian Council, affiliated with Local Councils of Women in Canadian cities, is one of many around the world and is part of the International Council of Women, of which Lady Aberdeen was also the first president, serving for multiple terms. The NCWC’s goal is to advocate for women’s rights and other public affairs, such as education and health care. In 1910, they endorsed women’s suffrage in Canada. Examples of the kind of work they do is seen in the news clippings below.

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