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Women and the War
Thousands of Canadian women were called upon for the war effort. Taking over from the husbands, brothers and fathers who had left to fight, they volunteered, worked in munitions factories or enrolled in the army, navy or air force. Hard and long though the conflict was, it rang in a new era for Canadian women.
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Rosies of the North
1999, director: Kelly Saxberg
As men left to fight overseas, women entered the workforce...
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Rosies of the North
1999, director: Kelly Saxberg
Over 260,000 women worked in war-related production, making...
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Rosies of the North
1999, director: Kelly Saxberg
Canadian Car and Foundry, in Fort William (now Thunder Bay),...
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To the Ladies
1946
Having played an essential role in the wartime economy,...
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Article by a specialist Canadian Women and the Second World War
Canada’s entry into the Second World War on September 10, 1939, led to a mobilization of women on an unprecedented scale—in the voluntary sector, the civilian paid labour force and the military.

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(1942)
Women Manufacturing Cartridges
During the Second World War, vast numbers of women entered the various war industries,...
(1942)
Production de chapeaux militaires à la Hamilton Cap Company
Another essential sector of the war industry where women played a major role was making...
(1941)
We're in the army now
Using a contemporary popular song, this light-hearted propaganda message is aimed at...
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