More Than 50%: Woman's Life in a Newfoundland Outport 1900-1950
By Hilda Chaulk Murray
Hilda Chaulk Murray’s More Than 50% is an important piece of Atlantic folklore that encapsulates a woman’s role in the Newfoundland and Labrador outport community. In the days before Confederation, women and men worked hard to prosecute the province’s robust cod fishery, and although women’s work kept them on shore, their contribution to this once-thriving industry was no less important than men’s. In fact, it was universally accepted that the matriarch was the driving force in meeting the family’s and indeed the entire community’s needs. Murray’s hometown of Elliston, Trinity Bay, in the early twentieth century is the setting for this book, in which she gives a guided tour of the female’s unique and ever-changing roles, from girlhood to womanhood, in the outport way of life.
About the Author Hilda Chaulk Murray, who resides in Mount Pearl, grew up in Maberly, Newfoundland. She taught in various communities including St. John’s. After receiving her M. A. in folklore in 1972, she taught English at the College of Trades and Technology (now College of the North Atlantic). She is the author of three books, editor of another, and contributor to a fifth.
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