Color Photos of Canadian Women during WW2 –
As in Britain, the role of women in Canada changed dramatically during WW2. Like their British counterparts, Canadian women pitched right in, both on the home front and in the forces abroad.
Women took over mens jobs, and as elsewhere, proved they could often do it better. Women worked side by side with men in factories, on farms and in the airfields.
As part of the British Commonwealth, Canadian women were serving in the forces from the outbreak of war between Britain and Nazi Germany. Here we see images of the CWAC: Canadian Womens Army Corp and the WRCNS : Womens Royal Canadian Naval Services.
During the early 1940s, the employment figures for women in Canada jumped from 600,000 to over 1,200000. Specializing often in fine precision work, they were particularly required in munitions factories.
Women kept the Home Fires Burning
Because of wartime shortages, women worked tirelessly in charitable causes, knitting sweaters, socks and mittens to be sent overseas. As in Britain, Canadian women became adept at the make do and mend philosophy. Recycling was the order of the day. Women even made their own wedding dresses.
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