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Highlights of the Collection
Women go to Work
Unidentified "lumberjill" who is a timekeeper in a lumber camp
Female shipyard worker swings a heavy hammer to drive a rivet into place while another female shipyard worker holds the rivet in place during construction of a ship in the Pictou shipyard
Rosina Vanier, 16-year-old female worker employed in the Pictou shipyard
Unidentified "lumberjill" painting "Aero Spruce Product of Canada" stencil on a pile of lumber
Workmen at the John Inglis Co. Bren gun plant line up to be served by women workers at the cafeteria
Unidentified Lumberjill using pike pole to handle spruce logs, Queen Charlotte Islands, B.C.
The War changed the demographics of the workplace. The demands of a war economy and the labour shortage that resulted from men serving in the war meant that women were encouraged to 'do their part' and enter the work force. For the first time in Canadian history, women were employed en masse in jobs typically held by men. The WRM photographs, for example, portray women in a multitude of professions - in cafeterias and as waitresses, as loggers or "lumberjills", shipbuilders, scientists or scientific technical workers, and munitions and armaments workers.
... in cafeterias and as waitresses
Women cafeteria workers serve male workers at the Cherrier bomb-making plant
Female loggers ('lumberjills') walking on a narrow path to work
Female worker Miss Gladys Connoly applies paint to the sides of a newly completed vessel in the Pictou shipyard
... scientists or scientific technical workers
Two female workers from Hamilton, Ont. testing the tensile strength of a piece of synthetic rubber in the Polymer Rubber Corporation laboratory
... munitions and armaments workers
Woman uses hammer to tap 25-pounder field gun case at a munitions plant (prob. Robert Mitchell Co.)
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