Women who Helped the War Effort From Home

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 20th May 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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In the struggle for women's rights which stems well over a century, some women made great strides in changing the social mores of the day. The plight of the poor is an ongoing topic in women’s issues and women’s rights. This new series is about the women of ww2 who worked in factories and contributed in other ways to help the war effort.


It was the first time in Canada that women were so actively involved in the workforce. At the beginning of the Second World War, there were 11 million people in Canada. There were approximately 600,000 women in the workforce, but by the time the war ended these numbers had jumped to over a million women (1,200,000).

Women who remained home still had the feel of patriotism and continued to work for the war effort.

Women's involvement in the war effort done at home

Women's involvement in the war effort done at home

Women also worked at home during the war, doing charity work for the troops. They knitted socks, mittens, scarfs and carefully prepared packages to send overseas to the troops.

They collected food and clothing and set up refugee centers for “displaced persons.”
Because of the shortages during wartime they made their own clothes, planted their own garden and made do with what they had. For example, they made wedding dresses out of old parachutes.

Women ran their household on food stamps and rations.

Canadian women's altruism and patriotism

The altruistic Canadian women showed in their behaviour, even though they lived with shortages of every product available, they also knew the need for aluminum and they donated their own cookware for the war effort to be converted into to military products during scrap metal drives.

Canadian women including Montreal women joined “Relief Clubs” These clubs were created to improve soldier morale and they too provided overseas packages with luxury items such as chocolate, razor blades and so on in which were shipped in canvas bags which they called “ditty bags.”

The fashion of the day

The fashion of the day

Many items were in short supply and that affected the dress and fashion of the women of the day. Buttons were rationed and silk and nylon were hard to find. Since the fashion was the silk stocking and women did not have access to these stockings during wartime Canada, they painted a charcoal line down the back of their leg to give the illusion that they were wearing nylon stockings. Canadian women were willing to give up a lot but they still wanted to feel like an attractive woman!

There is no doubt Canadian women including Montreal women, served our country well and continue to do so every single day of our lives.

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20th May 2015 (#)

Excellent share!

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20th May 2015 (#)

Great post.

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