Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Cecelia Ottawa, Ontario

Adresse de la Fête: Fête provinciale du patrimoine de l'Ontario

Projet: Le rôle des femmes canadiennes pendant la Deuxième Guerre Mondiale


My project explores the many roles of Canadian women during the Second World War. It discusses how women contributed to the war effort, raised funds and replenished the Canadian workforce.

Quelles sont les informations les plus importantes à retenir de ta recherche que tu aimerais partager avec les autres Canadiens ?

I learned that these hard-working women weren't respected for their contributions. Many women replaced the men in factories, and rather than being valued, society looked down upon them for doing a "man's job." Many women would even refrain from wearing their uniforms in public, because they were ashamed of their jobs. I found it fascinating that these women who were doing extremely difficult jobs weren't admired, but rather socially shunned.

Quelle est la chose la plus intéressante ou surprenante que tu as appris en préparant ton projet et en effectuant ta recherche ?

I discovered that women did great amounts of work to help the war effort. I realized that women truly worked as hard as the men did, and I was surprised at the minimal recognition that was paid to their hard work. I want to share with Canadians this story, and give these women the acknowledgement they deserve.

Peux-tu comparer ta vie aujourd'hui avec celle de celui ou ceux qui sont présentés dans ton projet ?

During the Second World War, many girls my age would have been helping the war effort along with their mothers. I probably would have been selling savings stamps; this was a very common job for teenage girls. They were called "Miss Canada" and they would wear red dresses and sell savings stamps on street corners and at baseball games. Also, the women of this time greatly influenced the female employment rate; thanks to them, today I am able to consider a wide variety of careers that would have originally been only occupied by men.

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Projet partiellement financé par le gouvernement du Canada (ministère du Patrimoine canadien).
  • Canadian Heritage /    Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of
    Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's    Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.