Vancouver Council of Women

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Vancouver Council of Women

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The "Council of Women" concept originated at the Women's Congress held at the Chicago World's Exposition of 1893. There, women from thirty nations decided to form an International Council of Women. Lady Aberdeen, wife of the Governor General of Canada, was elected the first president. The following year the National Council of Women of Canada was formed with Lady Aberdeen as its first president. The Council was later incorporated by an Act of Parliament in 1914, revised in 1945. On November 10, 1894 the Vancouver Council of Women was formed by sixteen women's groups in Dunn Hall with Lady Reid its first president. The belief of both the national and branch councils is "that the best good for our homes and nation will be advanced by our greater unity of thought, sympathy and purpose, and that an organised non-sectarian and non-partisan movement of women will best conserve the highest good of the family and state."

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