Anna(Barnes) Mitchell: "Mrs. Committee Mitchell"

Lay Summary 

At the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries, there were a number of women in St. John’s who were involved in social activism. Their participation in groups which addressed various social issues, including temperance, child welfare, and, during World War I, the plight of both soldiers and displaced persons, provided them with many of the skills, and connections, which would make them effective leaders in the drive for the enfranchisement of Newfoundland women. Although their groups were often under the titular leadership of a woman from the upper-class, the muscle for the activities was provided by women from St. John’s emerging middle-class. Most were married women who were well-travelled, well-read, if not formally educated, and from families which were prominent in church, political, and fraternal organizations. Anna Mitchell was such a woman.

Published in Newfoundland Quarterly, 104 (2), 32-38, Fall 2011.

Gender Studies
Queen Elizabeth II Library
Newfoundland Quarterly
St. John's
Newfoundland and Labrador
Politics and Society
Women's Issues
Newfoundland Studies
Industry Sectors 
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Heritage Institutions
Start date 
1 Jan 2011