Event: World War Women
Date: July 5 to November 19, 2017
Location: Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
Time: 9 am to 5 pm daily
Admission: Regular admission rates apply.
Canadian women performed crucial and often dangerous tasks during the Second World War, from manufacturing munitions to serving in the military. This is an adapted version of the original exhibition presented at the Canadian War Museum, in 2015, which included both the First and Second World Wars.
“During the Second World War, thousands of women served in the military,” said Stephen Quick, Director General of the Canadian War Museum. “Others redoubled their efforts at home, knitting socks and sending care packages to soldiers overseas. Women broke through gender barriers to become munitions workers, truck drivers, mechanics and more. This exhibition tells these stories through their voices, and looks at the many ways in which women threw their energies into the war effort, often while grieving husbands, sons and brothers killed in battle.”
Divided into five thematic zones, World War Women delves into the personal stories of Canadian women during the Second World War using artifacts and images. Together, these stories paint a picture of how women’s lives and social roles were transformed in wartime. Their experiences forged a new understanding of women’s capabilities, both within society and within themselves.