Women's Institute 1897 Constitution, Bylaws, and First Minute Book, 1897-1900
Description
Creator
Erland Lee Museum, Creator
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Minute books
Description
This document consists of the 1897 Women's Institute Consitution and Bylaws and the first Meeting Minutes for meetings between 1897 and 1900.

The Women's Institute Constitution was hand-penned by Janet Lee, wife of Erland, in the dining room of their Saltfleet (now Stoney Creek) home, which is now the Erland Lee (Museum) Home.

Janet Lee penned this document with the assistance of her husband, Erland, as well as E.D. Smith (whose wife, Christina Armstrong Smith, was the first President of the Women's Institute), and Major F.M. Carpenter (whose wife, Catharine, was a Charter Member). The Constitution was written in response to the first Women's Institute meeting, held on February 19th, 1897. At this meeting, Adelaide Hoodless spoke to 100 women about creating an education society for women. The Constitution was ratified by the women at the next meeting, on February 25, 1897. This remarkably simple and effective constitution remains largely intact even now, over a century later.

The Women's Institute Constitution, Bylaws, and first Meeting Minutes are incredibly significant because the Women's Institutes were the first group to represent the concerns of rural women in government, and for most of the 20th century, the WI was the principal voice of rural women in Canadian government.
Dates
1897-1900
Subject(s)
Collection
Erland Lee Museum
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.207295274124 Longitude: -79.7220038138199
Creative Commons licence
by-nc-nd [more details]
Copyright Statement
Protected by copyright: Uses other than research or private study require the permission of the rightsholder(s). Responsibility for obtaining permissions and for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Copyright Holder
Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario (FWIO)
Location of Original
Erland Lee (Museum) Home
Terms of Use
For commercial use, please contact copyright holder for permission and details
Reproduction Notes
Contact the holder of the original.
Contact
Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario
 fwio@fwio.on.ca
 
 
552 Ridge Road
Stoney Creek, ON L8J 2Y6
905-662-2691
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Women's Institute 1897 Constitution, Bylaws, and First Minute Book, 1897-1900


This document consists of the 1897 Women's Institute Consitution and Bylaws and the first Meeting Minutes for meetings between 1897 and 1900.

The Women's Institute Constitution was hand-penned by Janet Lee, wife of Erland, in the dining room of their Saltfleet (now Stoney Creek) home, which is now the Erland Lee (Museum) Home.

Janet Lee penned this document with the assistance of her husband, Erland, as well as E.D. Smith (whose wife, Christina Armstrong Smith, was the first President of the Women's Institute), and Major F.M. Carpenter (whose wife, Catharine, was a Charter Member). The Constitution was written in response to the first Women's Institute meeting, held on February 19th, 1897. At this meeting, Adelaide Hoodless spoke to 100 women about creating an education society for women. The Constitution was ratified by the women at the next meeting, on February 25, 1897. This remarkably simple and effective constitution remains largely intact even now, over a century later.

The Women's Institute Constitution, Bylaws, and first Meeting Minutes are incredibly significant because the Women's Institutes were the first group to represent the concerns of rural women in government, and for most of the 20th century, the WI was the principal voice of rural women in Canadian government.