Ontario's Historical Plaques
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The Associated Country Women of the World
Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004
Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted November, 2010
Coordinates: N 44 30.181 W 80 12.865
A non-political international women's organization, the Associated Country Women of the World was formed largely through the efforts of Margaret Watt, a Collingwood native. Mrs. Watt was a member of the Women's Institute, a Canadian association dedicated to the concerns of rural women, and she introduced that organization to Great Britain during World War 1 to help and work to counteract food shortages. With the expansion of the Women's Institute movement to Commonwealth and European countries after the war, Mrs. Watt began to advocate the establishment of an international alliance. Finally in 1933, in Stockholm, Sweden, rural women's organizations including the Women's Institute, united to form the Associated Country Women of the World. Mrs. Watt, by then a Member of the British Empire, was elected the body's first president.
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The Erland Lee Home and the First Women's Institute
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