The “Petticoat Army” and other women who served in the wars…Lest we forget…

According to Veterans Affairs Canada, when the war started, only 600,000 women worked at permanent jobs outside the home.

This number doubled during WWII.

pointillism - Canadian Women's Army Corps

(Canadian Women's Army Corps - pointillism on watercolour paper.)

Women were welders, engineers, chief flight instructors, pilots, to name only a few of the tasks taken on by women during the Second World War.

They were essential to war-related industries as they filled factory job openings left by men who were fighting overseas.

Above, the woman in the portrait wears the uniform of the Canadian Women's Army Corps. (21,600 soldiers)

Veterans Affairs Canada, states that with women in uniform for the first time ever in Canadian history, more than 50,000 served in the armed forces during WWII.

This number includes the CWACs, (Canadian Women's Army Corps), the women in the Royal Canadian Air Force (WDs), the Wrens, women in the Royal Canadian Naval Service, and finally, the Canadian military nurses, known as Nursing Sisters.

"Well the guns will be silent
There'll be no more fighting
Oh we'll lay down our weapons
On Remembrance Day."

"Remembrance Day" from the 1987 album, Into the Fire, by Bryan Adams.

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