The Super Women Of World War II

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Tiffany Tang Mr. Davidson CHC 2D1 November 26, 2014 The Super Women of World War II What is that in the sky? A bird? A plane? Yes, it’s a Hurricane fighter plane that women of the homefront built. It was a hard time on the homefront of Canada during World War II(1939-1945), when the homefront’s most valuable resources, men, had grown sparse. Jobs in factories and stores had been deserted and the government needed a way to replace them fast, so they called upon what would become the second most or even as valuable resource to men- the women. Although it was the men who risked their lives to fight in the Second World War, it was the women of the homefront that made it possible to win the war. The women of the homefront dedicated their time…show more content…
It was harder to convince middle class housewives, who did not need a job or money, and might have never worked before. The government also needed to convince large factories and industries that they needed to hire women workers to keep production going. The major argument was whether women were capable of doing the jobs that men did. They proved that they were. Women were involved in all aspects of the war industry, from building aircrafts to putting together weapons. The number of women working in munitions factories in Ontario and Quebec increased from 35, 000 in 1917 to 261, 000 by 1943. All 261, 000 women were able to sufficiently supply the war effort. In the aircraft industry, one company, Canadian Car and Foundry Co. became important to the war because they manufactured many of the planes for the war. During the war, forty per cent of the company’s workers were women. At the beginning, a small group of women were hired to sew the fabric wings and tails for the planes but later on, they expanded to all stages of production, including the traditionally male dominated stages, such as final assembly of the planes. One women by the name of Elsie Gregory Macgill, also known as “Queen of the Hurricane” became one of the first women in Canada to receive a bachelor of applied science degree in electrical engineering and the first women in all of
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