Thursday, 18 April 2013

Women in World War 2

The women in world war 2 had many responsibilities beyond caring for their families and doing housework. In the factories since many of the men were sent off to war and were fighting for Canada there was a shortage of workers, so the women stepped up. At the beginning Canada's government targeted to recruit single and young women and by 1943 they recruited all aged women. This choice to let women work in the factory was a big step in beginning the Royal Commission on the Status of Women Act which was a government run group that began allowing women rights. Allowing women into the factories didn't only give them jobs but also an income that was there own that they earned and could spend, even though they made less money than men doing the same jobs they still made a moderate amount that gave them a social and economic status.

The picture above shows women making ammunition and supplies for war showing that the men did the fighting while the women made the tools they fought with. In my opinion allowing women to work in the time of World War 1 really set Canada's identity as having confidence in girls and that they could actually achieve more success than many men thought. Without allowing women to work we wouldn't have come so far in allowing women such human rights in the year 2013, so this act was a huge step beginning women's rights.


  1. Why did the only targeted young unmarried until 1943? Do you feel that they should have targeted all women since the beginning if so why?

    1. because once women were married they would need to stay home clean and take care of the children. No I think that waiting and seeing how many younger women would do the jobs was wise but I do agree that they asked all women once they were desperate for filling job positions.

  2. Carley, I agree that women working in the factories helped contribute to further freedom for women.