Pioneer women loved the great outdoors

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Bonnie Alter
Living / Culture
December 25, 2013

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With snow and wind and power cuts, many are back to basics at home. So were the pioneers, so let's remember how they survived the miserable weather.

An exhibition at Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum called Brushing It in the Rough: Women, Art and Nineteenth Century Canada shows that pioneer women did more than sew and clean and cook (and get depressed). They had fun too.

It was a hard and difficult life for the women, alone on remote farms, living in poverty and working in difficult conditions. But they were brave and talented--the three featured artists depict another side of their life in the 19th century.