Canada
in Women and the Orange Order
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This chapter explores the remarkable scope of the Canadian Orangewomen's public activism. It discusses a song, penned by Mrs Charles E. Potter from Saskatoon, indicating the complex relationship with the British Isles experienced by many Orangewomen in Canada at the beginning of the twentieth century. Irish politics and identity were clearly important to Potter and the many thousands of women who were members of Canada's Ladies' Orange Benevolent Association (LOBA). The chapter shows how the LOBA's engagement in Canadian political debate was framed by the British Empire, an overarching identity that reconciled their position in Canada with Orangewomen's overlapping Irish Protestant, Scottish and English identities. While Irish and Scottish ethnicities were clearly prominent within the LOBA and informed a strong sense of diasporic identity, some Orangewomen in Canada also articulated an attachment to a sense of Englishness.

Women and the Orange Order

Female activism, diaspora and empire in the British world, 1850–1940

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