Elizabeth Teresa Therrien grew up during the Great Depression in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She had 13 brothers and sisters and as a young girl she took many risks to find ways to get by. During the Great Depression there was very little of everything. Starting at a young age Elizabeth(Betty) used to have to go down to the train tracks to collect pieces of fallen coal for heat. At night, Elizabeth(Betty) and her siblings all had to sleep together in one bed using their coats as blankets. But, even though things were rough they made the most of it. There was a lot of music, dancing and family gatherings. In this time she faced many difficulties in her own household and in society. It was very hard for women to get jobs and support their families. Even if they were lucky enough to get a job, they were not paid the same amount as men. One of the difficulties she faced in her household was a lack of food. The boys always are first and always got all the meat and nutrition factors. The girls ate after and ate the leftover vegetable scraps. Life was like that because men were seen as superior to women, which as you can probably imagine would cause lots of difficulties for women and girls. Elizabeth Therrien has had her struggles but rose above them. She got married and had 7 children of her own. To support her family she became an entrepreneur. She had her own candy story and was well known throughout Nova Scotia for antique business. Elizabeth Teresa Therrien has taught me to always stay positive and that women can surpass all difficulties and become very successful.
Written by : Gabi Trudel