During World War production in Oshawa expanded their production crews to include woman, many for the first time.
This is a link to Internet Archives of Industrial production in Ohio filming women on the production lines http://www.archive.org/details/VictoryI19 42 Also a WW 2 training video, http://www.archive.org/details/TrainingWome
With World War II came the dire need for employees in the workplace, without women to step in the economy would have collapsed. “By autumn 1944 the number of women working full-time in Canada’s paid labour force was twice what it had been in 1939, and that figure of between 1,000,000 and 1,200,000 did not include part-time workers or women working on farms.” Women had to take on this intensive labour and while they did this they still had to find time to make jams, clothes and other such acts of volunteering to aid the men overseas.
Most women who rose to their national duty were obliged to give up their jobs when the men returned from either the European or Japanese theatres.
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