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alcohol abuse

alcohol abuse  

Excessive consumption of alcohol, especially when it is habitual or frequently repeated and associated with impaired capacity to function in the family and society, operate a motor vehicle or moving ...
Bessie Harrison Lee

Bessie Harrison Lee  

(1860–1950),working-class wife and temperance evangelist, became a prominent advocate of women's suffrage and ‘voluntary motherhood’ in Australia and NZ.Born Bessie Vickery, her adult commitments ...
courtship and marriage

courtship and marriage  

Most Canadians have affirmed heterosexuality through marriage, although their numbers and the rituals and relationships they have adopted have varied tremendously. Religions and, later, the state ...
E. Cora Hind

E. Cora Hind  

(1861–1942), agricultural journalist, women's activist.Orphaned as an infant, Hind moved from Grey County, Ontario, to Winnipeg with her aunt in 1882. Thwarted initially in her ambition to become a ...
Eighteenth Amendment

Eighteenth Amendment  

The Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, instituting national prohibition, was born out of temperance reformers' efforts to remove the blight of alcoholic drinks from society, as they ...
feminism

feminism  

The approach to social life, philosophy, and ethics that commits itself to correcting biases leading to the subordination of women or the disparagement of women's particular experience and of the ...
foreign missions

foreign missions  

Ireland played little part in Christian missionary activity from the end of its European mission in the 9th century until the post‐Reformation period. From the 16th century, the Catholic church ...
Frances Willard

Frances Willard  

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(1839–1898),president of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union from 1879 to 1898. Frances Elizabeth Caroline Willard became a national officer of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) at its ...
Housewives' associations

Housewives' associations  

Arose in all Australian states during World War I and the interwar period, beginning with Victoria in 1915. The Federated Association of Australian Housewives was formed under the leadership of ...
moral and social reform

moral and social reform  

The Victorian age was an optimistic period in Canadian history. For every problem, there was a solution. And from the point of view of Canadians concerned about the moral foundations ...
National Council of Women of Canada

National Council of Women of Canada  

The ncwc was created in 1893 as a federation, or parliament, of women's organizations. Its federal structure, composed of Local Councils of Women (LCW) from coast to coast and Nationally ...
Nellie Letitia McClung

Nellie Letitia McClung  

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(b. 20 Oct. 1873, d. 1 Sept. 1951).Canadian suffragist Born at Chatsworth (Ontario), she was a schoolteacher until her marriage in 1896. She became active in the woman's Christian Temperance Union, ...
prohibition

prohibition  

The prevention by law of the manufacture and sale of alcohol, especially in the US between 1920 and 1933. In the US, it was forbidden by the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, but led to widespread ...
prostitution

prostitution  

The sale of sex for money, predominantly by females with male clients, has always been affected by cultural values. Brothels first sprang up in Southwark where Roman soldiers guarded the Thames ...
sex Education.

sex Education.  

A program for school children, sometimes for adults, with instruction on the anatomy and physiology of sex and discussion of human sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, and pregnancy and how to ...
Six o'clock swill

Six o'clock swill  

A result of six o'clock closing of hotels, describes the phenomenon of patrons' hurried last drinks. Legislation for six o'clock closing was first introduced in 1915 in SA as a ...
Social Gospel

Social Gospel  

The most conspicuous movement representing the social aspects of Christianity in American and Canadian Protestantism in the late 19th and early 20th cents. Washington Gladden (1836–1918), a ...
social purity movement

social purity movement  

A movement for social purity—a euphemism for sexual chastity—first arose in England in the late 1880s. It took root easily in Canada over the next decade, the ground having been ...
temperance

temperance  

A powerful social and political force in Victorian Britain. Though it did not succeed in eradicating drink, it helped to control it. Between 1831 and 1931, spirit consumption per head p.a. fell from ...
Women's Clubs

Women's Clubs  

Women's voluntary associations have shaped political, social, and economic life in the United States throughout most of the country's history and continue to function as an important voice for ...

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