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Roles of Canadian Women in WW1

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Jainika Patel

on 7 March 2013

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The Role of Canadian Women Overseas in World War I Introduction World War I (1914 - 1919) all over Europe gave women a chance to show the male-dominated society that they could do more than the work of a housewife. World War I was to prove a turning point for women. As the men left to fight overseas women were replaced by men. Women went overseas to help injured soldiers. Women were encouraged to go overseas and become nurses so that they could help the soldiers. Therefore, they were known as one of the important roles of WWI Examples of Jobs that women did: Nursing
Employment in Transport
Worked in Factories
Women's Royal Air Force

Before 1914 these jobs suited men only Florence Nightingale had found wartime nursing back in another war after that 1000 of young women wanted to follow her
Some stayed in hospitals
few were more courageous and became ambulance drivers Elsie knocker and Mairi Chisholm were volunteers for flying ambulance helicopters.
Not all nurses were as daring as Elsie and Mairi
So they volunteered their services as ambulance drivers and nurses overseas.
2030 nurses
1886 overseas Nursing Nursing Continued Margaret MacDonald chose 100 nurses and they were the first group of overseas nurses.
The nurses wore blue uniforms
age of a nurse in 1914 was 24
89% survival rate of Canadian soldiers due to the nurses
They worked for long hours in muddy, cold and dangerous areas.
There were two types of nurses VAD nurses & and FANY nurses
VAD = Voluntary Aid Department
FANY = First Aid Nursing Yeomanry
2000 women were in the Canadian Armed forces as nurses Factory Workers There were 3000 women working in factory
Working with explosive chemicals was dangerous
Women who worked with sulfur found that the exposed skin turned yellow as the chemical touched it
At last these ladies were replaced by those men who have been serving soldiers Food production was important during the war
In rural areas women would be used to give a hand on farms around harvest times and take charge of milk
Most of these women were just taken on as farm laborers, but about 20 000 of them were members of the Land Army. Land Army (Farming) Grace MacPherson Royal Air Force The women's royal air force was created, which is where women worked on planes as mechanics
RAF as truck drivers, mechanics and ambulance drivers
1000women worked for Royal Air Force Shipyards 30 000 women gained employment in machine shops metal factories and shipyards
They made weapons useful for the war Knitting circle Women who couldn't work in factories spent their time knitting scarves, socks that were sent to the soldiers that were fighting overseas
They also made pillows, sheets for the soldiers Problems that they faced Nurses were unable to help many people. Few nurses died in explosions or Gun shooting. Some got injured (200 - 400). Most nurses passed away due to the spread of diseases In World War I, Livingston became a volunteer Red Cross ambulance driver at the hospital city in France. Livingston worked twelve hour shifts driving ambulances. For fourteen shillings (A British coin) a week. She escaped injury when France was bombed during a number of air attacks in 1918 many other nurses were killed or wounded. Livingston was described as the bravest of them all. Works Cited Overall In World War I, Canadian women were nurses that served in field hospitals in France and Belgium. A few were even killed by an occasional enemy shell, or poisonous gas. They were significant role models for other women during WWII. The significance Bee, Judi. “The Role of Women in WW1.” Online. Internet. Available.
“Did Canadian women play a significant role?” Online. Internet. Available.
Sungrab, Tenzin. “Women’s rights before, during, and after WWI in Canada.” Online. Internet. Available.
“Women In World War one.” Online. Internet. Available.
“What did Canadian women contribute to World War 1 and 2” Online. Internet. Available.
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_did_Canadian_women_contribute_to_World_War_1_and_2 a picture of a Women which represents that she was really important during the war one of the housewife the uniform of a nurse badge
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