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Considered the founder of the Women's Institutes that spread across Canada and the world, Adelaide Hunter Hoodless (1857-1910) was a prominent figure in local and national women's organizations. It is said that her grief over the death of her infant son from contaminated milk led her to campaign for the improvement of women's education through the teaching of domestic science. Hoodless opened her own private school, the Ontario Normal School of Domestic Science and Art in Hamilton prior to co-founding Macdonald Institute in 1903.
The plaque and a sculpture of Hoodless are located in the Hoodless Gardens. Access Hoodless Gardens between Macdonald Institute and Macdonald Stewart Hall.