VIEW-7654 | Mrs J.E. St. Binney's bridal party and guests, Halifax, NS, about 1895

 
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Mrs J.E. St. Binney's bridal party and guests, Halifax, NS, about 1895
Halifax Notman Studio
1890-1900, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
VIEW-7654
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

Friends and family celebrated a young women's wedding as the occasion of her full coming of age. A married woman was truly grown up. However, marriage also marked the end of independence for young women because most brides still promised with their wedding vows to obey their husbands. Except in rare cases, they were expected to give up their careers and devote their full time and attention to running their new household while awaiting the arrival of children. Motherhood conferred even greater prestige than marriage.

References
Alison Prentice, Paula Bourne, Gail Cuthbert Brandt, Beth Light, Wendy Mitchinson, Naomi Black, Canadian Women: A History, second edition (Toronto: Harcourt Brace Canada, 1996), Chapter Six.