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The Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire
Author: Katie Pickles

Through a study of the British Empire's largest women's patriotic organisation, formed in 1900 and still in existence, this book examines the relationship between female imperialism and national identity. It throws light on women's involvement in imperialism; on the history of ‘conservative’ women's organisations; on women's interventions in debates concerning citizenship and national identity; and on the history of women in white settler societies. After placing the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE) in the context of recent scholarly work in Canadian, gender and imperial history, and post-colonial theory, the book follows the IODE's history through the twentieth century. Chapters focus upon the IODE's attempts to create a British Canada through its maternal feminist work in education, health, welfare and citizenship. In addition, the book reflects on the IODE's responses to threats to Anglo-Canadian hegemony posed by immigration, World Wars and Communism, and examines the complex relationship between imperial loyalty and settler nationalism. Tracing the organisation into the postcolonial era, where previous imperial ideas are outmoded, it considers the transformation from patriotism to charity, and the turn to colonisation at home in the Canadian North.

Daughters of the Empire, mothers in their own homes, 1929–45
Katie Pickles

Annual Report, 32. 2 NAC MG28 I 17 12,1, 6, 1930 National Meeting Minutes. 3 Ibid . 4 Dane Kennedy, ‘Empire migration in post-war reconstruction: the role of the Oversea

in Female imperialism and national identity
The canadianizing 1920s
Katie Pickles

: Manchester University Press, 1990 ). 4 Constantine, Emigrants and Empire , 4: the Empire Settlement Act of 1922 was ‘an Act to make better provision for furthering British settlement in His Majesty’s Oversea Dominions’. 5 Dane Kennedy, ‘Empire migration in

in Female imperialism and national identity