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To the Ladies
1946
Having played an essential role in the wartime economy,...
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To the Ladies
1946
In 1941 the Canadian government imposed a total freeze on...
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Food: Secret of the Peace
1945, director: Stuart Legg
Critical food shortages in the war's aftermath posed a...
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Train Busters
1944, director: Sydney Newman
An Allied bombing raid on Nazi transport links is...
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Corvette Port Arthur
1943, director: Joris Ivens
Corvettes, ships closely identified with Canada's wartime...
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Labour Front
1943
Almost 700,000 French citizens worked as forced labour in...
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Reportages nº 45
1943
Thousands of Canadian women got involved in wartime...
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To the Ladies
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Having played an essential role in the wartime economy, women came under intense pressure to quit their jobs and return home once the war ended. In this newsreel, released immediately after the war, the paternalistic tone of the male narrator contrasts with images of women's dynamic and multi-faceted contribution to the war effort.

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A tribute to the women of Canada for their part in the World War II effort. After the disastrous events of June 1940, The Canadian Women's Army Corps and homemakers alike were called upon to do their part in the war effort. From careful budgeting in the home to services rendered overseas, women's work was intergral to the well-being of all.