During the war, women were mobilized into the workforce to an extent unprecedented. While many remained in traditional "female" jobs, large numbers also took on non-traditional work, such as welding or logging, or joined the armed services in non-combatant positions. Although most women returned to their homes or their previous jobs after the war, their wartime experiences signalled the beginning of a gradual change in the composition of Canada's workforce.
The Bren Gun Girl
Peavying Logs
Excerpt from a broadcast made by the Honourable W.L. Mackenzie, September 1, 1940.

"In war, no work, no effort, can compare with the sacrifice of the soldier, the sailor and the airman. Their sacrifice is uppermost in the thoughts of this nation; it will live in its memories. But Canadians will remember too the debt they owe labour. In Canada, labour has extended its hours, surrendered its holidays, and in its determination to increase and advance production, has taught the young and the inexperienced the intricacies of complicated trades.

Every workingman knows that every bolt, every piece of steel, every bullet, every machine part fashioned in Canada is a work for victory. Every workman knows that lacking the machines of war, the bravest men in the world will avail nothing."

Naval Service
Winding Motors

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