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BOOK - Invisible Women (in Eastern Ontario)
By Carol Bennett-McCuaig
This edition by Global Heritage Press, Ottawa, 2022
Originally published by Juniper Books, Renfrew, 1999
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This book focuses on the 'invisible women' without whom the settlement and development of Eastern Ontario would have been impossible. Narratives of the experiences of specific women bring this book to life. Check the Index to see who is mentioned by name.

Apart from the few whose activities thrust women into the limelight it is an unfortunate fact that women in our society were rendered virtually invisible until the second half of the twentieth century. In countless obituaries in small town newspapers they were almost anonymous, mentioned only as 'the wife of John Smith' or 'the relict of Henry Woods.' Although they might have been celebrated as "a beloved wife and mother' or 'a good Christian woman' there was seldom any clue to the personal life of these members of 'the weaker sex', their hopes and dreams and achievements.

If we are to believe that women were meek creatures contented with their subservient role, how does this tally with the myth of the stereotypical pioneer woman, bravely fighting off wild animals in the lonely forest? Was she then a different breed from the rest of us, noble, strong, courageous? She certainly existed: remembering the scenes of his Glengarry boyhood, novelist Ralph Connor wrote of "The appalling loneliness, the dangers, the hardships that mothers and daughters have to meet and endure in the little log houses in the clearing ... ". His own mother, a brilliant, well-educated young woman, married a Presbyterian minister from the Scottish Highlands and served with him in his backwoods charges, gallantly dealing with poverty and wolves and other hardships. Many more examples are discussed and documented in this book.

Eastern Ontario is a beautiful part of Canada, and a wonderful region in which to live. This book celebrates the lives of all the invisible women who have helped to make it what it is today.

Contents include:
  • The Invisible Woman
  • The journey
  • Hearth and home
  • Women's work in the home
  • Work outside the home
  • Marriage and widowhood
  • Health and mortality
  • Education
  • Response to religion
  • Recreation
  • Organizations
  • Suffrage and politics
  • Women at war
  • The Women's Movement
  • Looking back
  • A tribute
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the author
  • Index (click here to view Index)
Invisible Women, after being long out-of-print, is available once again in its complete original format. This book has be republished under an exclusive publishing agreement with the author's heirs.

  • 150 Pages
  • 8-1/2 x 11"
  • Many photographs
  • Index
  • Softcover - Perfectbound
  • Originally published by Juniper Books, Renfrew, 1999 under ISBN 0-919137-34-2
  • This new edition published by Global Heritage Press, Ottawa, 2022 under ISBN 978-1-77240-190-5

About the author: Carol Bennett-McCuaig
Carol Bennett-McCuaig (1938-2018) was a former weekly newspaper editor who became a prolific and respected author. She earned two degrees from the University of Waterloo, one in History and the other in Religious Studies. She wrote sixty three books, including regional histories, commissioned works and books geared to helping people who are researching their Lanark and Renfrew County (Ontario) roots, and a long list of historical novels. One of her histories, In Search of the Red Dragon: The Welsh in Canada, received the Ninnau award for its contribution to North American Welsh culture. In 1997 she received an Achievement Award from the Ontario Heritage Foundation, for her body of work in recording regional history.

Click for a list of Carol Bennett-McCuaig's books

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