Each Wednesday we will highlight the women of the First World War. Today: The Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire.
The Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE) is a women’s organization begun by Canadian Margaret Polson Murray of Montreal in 1900. Established during the Second Boer War of 1899 – 1902, the IODE first served as a support group for soldiers sent overseas, providing charitable aid as well as caring for their dependents should a soldier be killed. During the First World War, the IODE’s members sent parcels to troops, organized Victory Bond fundraising campaigns and operated canteens on the home-front. After the war, the IODE worked to commemorate the sacrifices of war and those lost. The organization performed similar functions during the Second World War and in the present day focuses on social service, philanthropy and educational initiatives.