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Women of the Second World War: Mary Churchill congratulates CWACs

Type: Sound

In this 1943 radio speech, Mary Churchill describes her favourable impressions of a recent visit to a CWAC training centre.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

"I'm the Proudest Girl in the World!" - First Canadian Military Recruitment Drive for Women, 1941

Type: Film and Video

In 1941, for the first time in Canadian history, women were recruited for Canada's Armed Forces. This television clip features scenes from the NFB recruitment film "The Proudest Girl in the World" and interviews with two women who answered the call to enlist in World War II.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

RCAF Women's Division Grows From 150 to 8,000 Recruits - Second World War

Type: Sound

This 1942 radio broadcast features testimonials from airwomen of the Royal Canadian Air Force Women's Division (WDs) who are proud to be serving their country in the ground jobs that keep men flying. The WDs played a vital role in the operation of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan during WW II.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

"Dames in the Navy?" - Canadian Women as Navy Wrens in the Second World War

Type: Sound

This 1942 episode of the radio program "Comrades in Arms", entitled "The Wrens are Here," describes the duties of servicewomen in the Royal Canadian Navy, whose jobs on shore freed up men for service at sea during WW II.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

On Every Front - Canadian Women in the Second World War

Type: DocumentFilm and VideoSound

Canadian women were not allowed to fight during the Second World War but they did just about everything else. Tens of thousands joined the women's divisions of the Armed Forces. Hundreds of thousands stepped into jobs in wartime industry. At home and abroad they were welders and pilots, nurses and clerks, the homemakers that kept families together, protecting the home front and the Canadian way of life. These are some of their stories.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Female Van Doo Draws Attention in Sarajevo

Type: Sound

Report on Captain Angela Mondeux, an officer of the Royal 22nd Regiment deployed to the former Yugoslavia. The news clip relates some other countries' reactions to a female in uniform.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Girl Guides prepares young women for service

Type: Sound

In this 1942 radio broadcast on National Girl Guide Day, three members of the Canadian Armed Forces Women's Auxiliary Services, themselves former Girl Guides, discuss how the discipline and training acquired in Guides can be useful experience in preparation for military service. They also describe the work being done by Girl Guides on the homefront in wartime.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Wren Reunion - Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service Veterans from the Second World War Reunite

Type: Film and Video

This news story broadcast on September 1, 2002 reports on a reunion of the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service, or Wrens, who served during World War II.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Canadian Women Serving Overseas - Second World War

Type: Sound

Radio clip from 1943 describes how Canadian women serving as Wrens, CWACs, WDs and Nursing Sisters make the most of rough conditions away from home.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Women of the Second World War: What is 'women's work'?

Type: Sound

In this 1945 radio broadcast, four servicewomen and one man discuss the issue of women working after the war. Should married women be allowed to hold jobs, even if they put returning soldiers out of work? Should they receive equal pay? These and other questions are addressed in a lively on-air debate.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation