#100DaysofVimy – March 1st, 2017

Each Wednesday we will highlight the women of the First World War.

Today: Munitions Workers

With the widespread enlistment of men to the war effort, Canadian industry experienced great shortages of manpower.  As nearly every aspect of the Canadian economy geared itself toward wartime production, the need to fill these positions became paramount. Following the example set in the United Kingdom, jobs were opened up to women. Some of the most common images of the period include those of the female munitions workers; responsible for the manufacturing of all types and sizes of war materiel, from navy ships to artillery fuses and bullets.

The number of workers required to fill positions vacated by enlisting soldiers was unprecedented for the Canadian economy.
Credit: Canada. Dept. of National Defence/Library and Archives Canada/PA-024438.
Munitions Workers assembling artillery fuses at the British Munitions Supply Co. Ltd. in Verdun, Quebec.
Credit: Canada. Dept. of National Defence/Library and Archives Canada/PA-024435.