Browse Exhibits (2 total)

Women in Service


The Second World War led to unprecedented pressure on Canada's human resources, and as a result the Department of National Defence turned to the recruitment of women into auxiliary services.

The enlistment of women to fufill supporting jobs would free up men for more combative roles. Some 50,000 women eventually enlisted in the air force, army and navy.

Women are Warriors:

Women Are Warriors by Jane Marsh, National Film Board of Canada

Women on the Homefront


During the Second World War there were no idle hands. At every level of society there people participated in the war effort. While women did not on the same scale as men in the military, they did participate heavily on the Home Front.

From salvaging scrap metal to working in wartime industries, women participated in many different roles throughout the war.

Explore the different modules in the "Visit the Home Front" exhibit to discover the different roles and experiences of Canadian women on the home front during the Second World War

Home Front:

Home Front by Stanley Hawes, National Film Board of Canada