Wives of French Farmers

A Memoir from the Early 20th Century

An Overview of our Story

As Remembrance Day approaches, I think it is important to mention to others that we must thank those who supported the war from back home. Although it may seem as farmers were unimportant during the war, I assure you that it is quite the opposite. Without farmers to supply the military with food, how would our soldiers have survived? But once men left for war, it became their wives' responsibilities to take care of the farm. Thinking from the perspective of a francophone is also very intriguing, since it shows us that Canada was not as peaceful as we may have thought. In fact, racism and other prejudices may have been more present in these periods of time than they are now.

These women had to adapt in order to manage both a farm and a family. Performing both of these tasks was very difficult for women, but overall revealed their strength. This triggered the creation of women's rights. Even after the war, women faced many struggles, whether it be the roller coaster called economy, or the Klu Klux Klan. Overall, all of these hardships proved that women deserve their rights and freedoms.

Tried, Tested, Transformed

TRIED (1914-1918)

Us farmers lives a peaceful, family-oriented life until Canada followed Britain in war. Many of us lost the heads of our families and had to learn how to survive under hardship and manipulation.

Click here to see a scrapbook containing the challenges us women went through that would eventually change our roles in society forever.

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TESTED (1919-1923)

After The Great War, everyone was eager to live life to the fullest. In the city, people enjoyed jazz, flappers, and booze on a daily basis. Sadly, this was not the case for us farmers who witnessed an economic recession. Us wives returned to our pre-war lifestyle, but increasingly tested the waters of this new modern life despite the church's opinion.

Click here to explore this period in Canadian history. In this part of the scrapbook you will discover that while the twenties may have been roaring for others, it was a real horror story for us farmers.

Transformed (1924-1929)

Life is finally looking up for farmers, especially us women! The agricultural industry is booming and new technologies means more time to go out gamming on fifth avenue. Who knew freedom could feel this nice? I can not believe that the church held us back from this lifestyle for so long!? Sadly, these days did not last as long as we would have hoped for; The Great Depression is about to commence and the Bread Bowl becomes the Dust Bowl.

Click here to see the last portion of my scrapbook. In this chapter, witness from our point of view how we enjoyed our newly-discovered identities, only to have to return to poverty due to a stock market crash.