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Women and the War. Roles at home Needed to work in factories to produce munitions and war goods Still paid less than the men who used to work factory jobs Victory-bond drives Knitting and sewing clothes to send to soldiers. Munitions factory, Verdun, Quebec.

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Women and the war
Women and the War

  • Roles at home

    • Needed to work in factories to produce munitions and war goods

      • Still paid less than the men who used to work factory jobs

    • Victory-bond drives

    • Knitting and sewing clothes to send to soldiers




Airplane factory toronto
Airplane factory, Toronto before the war)



Women and the war1
Women and the War before the war)

  • Roles in the war

    • More than 2000 Canadian women enlisted as nurses, and served in field hospitals in Europe

    • Women were also drivers of supply vehicles in Europe


Canadian nurses in europe
Canadian Nurses in Europe before the war)



Conscription in canada
Conscription in Canada before the war)

  • 1917, and enlistment is declining

    • Why?

  • Canada needs more soldiers

  • PM Borden introduces conscription

    • All men 19-45 MUST enlist

    • Not popular among other politicians

  • Borden calls an election to let the people decide if they support conscription


Canadian voting rights
Canadian Voting Rights before the war)

  • Borden passes Wartime Elections Act, before the “conscription election”

    • Allows women to vote, for the first time!

    • Only if you are the wife, sister, or mother of a soldier

  • Borden passes Military Voters Act as well

    • Allows soldiers to vote from overseas

      Why pass laws allowing these groups to vote?

  • Borden’s government elected, but Canada split on idea of conscription

    • 400 000 men conscripted, but only 24 000 served overseas