Saturday is Remembrance Day, so this week I would like to dedicate ‘Vintage Photo Tuesday‘ to the Canadian Women on the WW2 Home Front. This post is also part of a previous one I did last year, that you can view HERE.
Out of a Canadian wartime population of more than 11 million, 261,000 women worked in Canadian war industries, 400,000 in the civilian workforce, 760,000 on farms and countless others in the home and in the volunteer sector.
Women’s enthusiasm for helping out on the home front was anticipated by Alice Sorby of Winnipeg who recalled in 1940, “In September 1939 when the thunder of war first crashed about our ears, the immediate reaction was an almost hysterical desire to do something….” (Source).
Here are those brave women in action….
Female loggers (‘lumberjills’) in the Queen Charlotte Islands, BC. April 1943
Actress Mary Pickford posing with a group of employees during her visit to the General Engineering Company (Canada) munitions factory, June 5, 1943.
Young woman working in the cabin of bomber being manufactured at the Fairchild plant in Montreal on May 19, 1941.
Off to work in Edmonton 1943.
A welder works on a Bren gun at John Inglis Company Ltd., 1942.
Women volunteers from Canadian Red Cross assemble packages for prisoners of war in 1942.
Starting in 1942, Vancouver’s Burrard Drydock hired more than 1,000 women. Here we see the union’s shop stewards eating in the shipyard canteen, ca. 1942 (Source).
Workers producing primers.
Start your Victory Garden today!
1942, knitters working on the BC Telephone Co. War Effort Programme in Victoria. It was a group of ladies coming together to sit, talk, and knit scarves and socks for the men fighting overseas (Source).
While looking for photos to share, I came across a fantastic 10 min Canadian Documentary entitled ‘The Home Front‘ by Stanley Hawes (seen below).
This short documentary is part of the Canada Carries On series of morale-boosting wartime propaganda films. In Home Front, the various WWII-era social contributions of women are highlighted. From medicine to industrial labour to hospitality, education and domesticity, the service these women provided to their country is lauded. (Video Link)
Friends…If you are interested to read other posts I have created around the Canadian WW2 Home Front, the links are below.
- The Canadian “Rosie the Riveter”-Veronica Foster
- Tale of the Canadian Army Show
- WW2 Air Force Uniforms for Canadian Women-Guest Post