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By Margaret Prang

A really notable individual, Caroline Macdonald (1874-1931) used to be a Canadian girl who spent virtually her complete operating existence in Japan and who performed an important function there in either the institution of the YWCA and in legal reform. a local of Wingham, Ontario, she was once one of many first ladies to wait the collage of Toronto, the place in 1901 she graduated with honours in arithmetic and physics. yet instead of stick with an educational occupation, she opted in 1904, via her connections with the Presbyterian Church and the YWCA in Canada and the USA, to maneuver to Tokyo to paintings as a lay missionary and social employee. through the Twenties, she was once the best-known international lady in Tokyo. In ’A middle at rest from Itself’ Margaret Prang follows Caroline Macdonald’s existence and occupation, concentrating on her paintings in Japan on behalf of incarcerated criminals. operating regularly with male prisoners and their households, Macdonald grew to become a world interpreter of the stream for felony reform paintings for which she continues to be warmly remembered in Japan. She looked herself as a missionary yet was once additionally hugely serious of a lot missionary endeavour, her personal paintings being extra within the functional than religious realm. Her dying in 1931 elicited tributes from worldwide, really from Japan. possibly the main becoming got here from Arima Shirosuke, the legal governor with whom Macdonald labored such a lot heavily. Reflecting on her lifestyles, Arima saw that he idea it used to be her absolute conviction that each individual used to be a toddler of God and her ’effortless’ perform of that religion that put Macdonald ’beyond each prejudice’ of faith, race, or type. She was once, he acknowledged, ’a center at relaxation from itself.’ This booklet throws mild on Japanese-Canadian relatives within the first few many years of this century. Macdonald’s profession unearths the cross-cultural impact of the YWCA in Japan, the position of the Protestant church buildings there, and the evolution of legal reform in Japan and the folks keen on it.

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22 Like the vast majority of their sisters in the western world at the time, Japanese women were denied the franchise and active participation in public life. 2? 24 They were more influenced by western ideas about the value of public service than others among the elite group eligible to vote and stand for public office and consequently they continued to be disproportionately represented in the Diet. The many Christians who believed that the new constitution had resolved earlier difficulties about their loyalty to the state were soon disappointed.

Although often presented in traditional rhetoric, this slogan represented a new determination by the state to enlist women in building the nation. While their role in the home was paramount, many women also contributed directly to the growth of the economy. Well before the turn of the century, young women workers outnumbered males in light industry, most notably in textiles. It was assumed that virtually all women would marry and that most of their lives would then be spent in the home. 17 Compulsory education was instituted for girls on the same basis as for boys, although for some years far fewer of them were actually in school.

It was agreed that she would give a good part of her time to the Ottawa association, since her successor there was unable to assume her duties until some months later. Thus Caroline was in Ottawa in the spring of 1903 for the visit of Annie M. 31 One of the first students to attend Wellesley College for Women, Reynolds was a formidable personality. 34 Overseas work was not entirely new in the Canadian YWCA. As early as 1899, the association had sent Englishwoman Ruth Rouse, a lively and effective Oxford graduate with extensive experience in both the British and American YWCAs, to India for a year.

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