Tuesday, 22 March 2011

On the Homefront

     Women's roles were not always as dramatic as oversea service, most women that served, served on the homefront. Many felt they were needed at home, which was true.
     Men had vacated a lot of jobs as they left for battle, leaving empty gaps in the workforce. On top of raising families, women were called upon to work in machine and welding shops and manufacturing plants to provide equipment like weapons, vehicles, uniforms, ammunition, and other necessities. Crops still needed planting, plowing, and harvesting lest the food shortage grow; so those jobs were filled too.
     Young, single women found working easier, but mothers made things work with great determination. They kept jobs and a neat household while raising children all at once.
     Since the Canadian workforce felt a dramatic increase in the number of women, factories began to operate twelve hours a day, seven days a week. Over 1 million women were working by 1944.

Women worked in factories making many different types of war supplies;
this picture most likely shows a uniform factory
Women welding in a factory manufacturing weapons, vehicles, and other war supplies

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