The Second World War brought many crucial changes to the lives of Canadian women, including the opportunity for wider military service. Recruits who joined the Canadian Women’s Army Corps, the Royal Canadian Air Force Women’s Division, and the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service challenged conceptions, broke barriers, and helped win a war. This talk will examine key aspects of their wartime experiences using biography and material culture.
Stacey Barker is Historian, Arts and Military History at the Canadian War Museum. She received her doctorate in history from the University of Ottawa in 2008 and has contributed to many exhibitions at both the CWM and the Canadian Museum of History. Her most recent publication is the co-authored book Material Traces of War: Stories of Canadian Women and Conflict, 1914-1945.
The Maple Leaf Route webinar series is a partnership between the Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada, the Canadian Battlefields Foundation and the Juno Beach Centre Association.