Posts Tagged ‘ International Women’s Day ’

The Woman’s Page – December 29, 1916

The Woman’s Page – December 29, 1916

December 29, 1916 “Your feminist movement does not only seek the vote but tries to inculcate this very spirit of equality…” Given how dreadfully old-fashioned all this business of wanting to be taken places sounded, was MLA out of step in a feminist forum, complaining that men were failing to play prince to her princess?  “A Mere Man”, for example, rings in on the Dec. 29 issue to report sightings of a new species of bird that would surely render old squawking chickens like MLA [...]



The Woman’s Page – December 15, 1916

The Woman’s Page – December 15, 1916

December 15, 1916 On December 1st, 1916, the “Woman’s Page” featured an appraisal of the dating scene in Montreal by the American friend, called “M.L.A.” in the article, of Jessie Abrams (re-visit the article here).  The article was quite critical of the dating habits of Jewish men in Montreal and because of this received some biting responses from men and women alike in later articles, such as the response below on December 15th. The language MLA used — of “duty” and “payment” — prompted many [...]



The Woman’s Page – December 1, 1916

The Woman’s Page – December 1, 1916

December 1, 1916 “I found the Jewish girls well-read, entertaining, extremely well-dressed, and very much neglected” This concluded a frank appraisal of Jewish-Montreal’s dating scene provided by “M.L.A,” American friend of Jessie Abrams, following a stay in the city. While M.L.A was impressed with the overall hospitality of Montrealers, she found something amiss in the social economy between young men and women who lived there, saying that she was glad to be returning to her home country “where girls are regarded as comrades and not [...]



Jewish Junior Welfare League

Jewish Junior Welfare League

The Jewish Junior Welfare League (JJWL) was founded in 1926 by 26 young ladies of upper class Jewish Montreal who were dedicated to the ideals of community service.  The League’s objectives initially were: To train and educate its members as able volunteers. To sustain by means of volunteer service and financial assistance a number of worthy projects needed by the community and the city. To keep the members enlightened on all issues within the scope of the social, economic and cultural welfare of the community. [...]



The Woman’s Page – November 24, 1916

The Woman’s Page – November 24, 1916

November 24, 1916 “We would feel dreadfully hurt if somebody called us aliens, and yet some have been acting like aliens.  The Jewish women of Canada must cast off their apathy and take part in our country’s cause.” Thus the author of “The Woman’s Page” of the Canadian Jewish Chronicle chastises her Canadian Jewish sisters for neglecting their duty to support the war effort in 1916 in an editorial named “Our Jewish Overseas Company.”  She compares their failing to the concerted efforts of their British [...]



The Woman’s Page

The Woman’s Page

November 3rd, 1916 “The day for women was just dawning…many were forging ahead, and wherever they went, they blazoned the path and boosted the Cause of Women.” In October 1916, the Canadian Jewish Chronicle, Montreal’s English Jewish daily newspaper, began running a “Woman’s Page” section.  The section was “conducted” by Jessie Abrams and included editorial pieces written by Miss Abrams and a Miss Rebecca Cohen.  Cohen’s pieces were entitled, “The Autobiography of an Ordinary Girl” and covered what she considered the most significant moments in [...]