Canadian Women and the War Effort
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This paper analyzes the contribution of Canadian women during World War II and discusses how Canadian women contributed to the war effort during World War II in three main visible ways: in factories, voluntary organizations, and the Armed Forces. The paper argues that the volunteer work, whether on an individual or organized basis, along with the unpaid labor of women in the home, constituted the real contribution of Canadian women.
From the Paper:"Canadian women's contribution to the war effort cannot be understood without reference to the socioeconomic situation just before the war. The effects of the Great Depression were being experienced right up to 1939. "When war broke out in September 1939, Canada was still in the grip of the Great Depression. Out of a population of 11 million, approximately 900,000 workers were unemployed and about 20 per cent of these were women" (Pierson, 1983: 3). Unemployment was widespread in all the fields where women were working. These areas included nursing, teaching, office work, and sales clerks. "The one exception was domestic service. Poverty-stricken wives hired themselves out as cleaning women in other women's houses and daughters of jobless fathers took positions as maids in the homes of the better off" (3). Married women could not enter the public service or most private industry. Women working in factories were the most exploited with long hours, terrible working conditions, and low pay."
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