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Canadian Women Serving in World War II

What was the role of Canadian women in World War II? Have a look at these sources to find out some of the many ways that they contributed to the war effort, and some sexist attitudes about how their roles were perceived. As noted by the National Film Board in describing one of the films (Proudly She Marches), even though it was a recruitment film the "visual messages suggests that this work is merely temporary and possibly even unnatural for women."

women cleaning locomotive
Women workers cleaning a locomotive in a roundhouse, January 1943.
(Nicholas Morant/National Film Board of Canada. Library and Archives Canada/C-079524)

Watch women in action during World War II

Check out these online films produced by the National Film Board:

Helen Harrison (1909-1995), WWII pilot for Air Transport Auxiliary in Great Britain:

Helen Harrison
Helen Harrison

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