Women and War
October is Women's History Month in Canada. Proclaimed in 1992 by the Government of Canada, Women's History Month provides an opportunity for Canadians to learn about the important contributions of women to our society - and to the quality of our lives in the 21st century. We also celebrate International Women's Week, which begins on March 2 and concludes on March 8 with International Women's Day. This feature is dedicated to the experiences and lives of women in times of war, military conflict and peace.
- Fact Sheet - Women at War
- Fact Sheet - Women in the Canadian Military
- Fact Sheet - Women on the Home Front
- Canada's Nursing Sisters
- Canadian Red Cross
- Canadian War Brides
- Canadian women who have died in service
- Photo Gallery - Love and Marriage
- Photo Gallery - Home Front
- Photo Gallery - Front Line
- Women's Experiences in War - Timeline
Life on the Front Lines
- Ms. Seeley remembers D-Day and her patients.
- Ms. Streppa discusses the various emotional support networks that helped hospital and combat staff handle stress.
- Ms. Sloan shares the compassion provided to the wounded.
- Ms. Turner recalls one British soldier she had cared for.
- Ms. Jackson explains the personal strength she received in dealing with burned victims.
Love and Marriage
- Mrs. Harvey explains the circumstances surrounding the death of her fiancé.
- Mr. Blackburn talks about how difficult it was for wives and mothers back in Canada when their sons and husbands were overseas.
- Ms. Dion discusses her reaction as well as the reaction of her family to the end of the war.
- Mr. MacDonald shares his story about the difficulty returning to family life again.
- Mr. Bowen discusses how shore leave was enhanced by the appeal of the naval uniform to women.
Work on the Home Front
- Ms. Greer describes war work leading to the women's liberation movement.
- Margot Ligertwood discusses her opinion of the WRENS.
- Mr. Sproule remembers his surprise at seeing a female fighter pilot.
- Ms. Brown expresses her pride of women’s participation in the air force.
- Mrs. Shoultz expresses her opinion on how military service gave woman an equal opportunity.
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