#100DaysofVimy – February 15, 2017

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

YWCA – The Young Women’s Christian Association

Similar to the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire, the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) worked to send parcels to troops overseas and raise funds for War Bonds. Due to the extraordinary measures of the war, the Canadian government made the unusual motion of requesting the assistance of charitable organizations in administering the war effort. Consequently, the YWCA undertook tasks such as assisting female munitions workers find  housing (as they were often displaced in order to meet the labour demands of the war effort). The YWCA also developed and supervised the female farming camps established for labourers that moved into the country to work the fields. After the war, the YWCA provided assistance to war brides arriving from the United Kingdom.

The YWCA would have helped organize fundraising drives such as the 1917 Victory Loan campaign that saw the British Mark IV tank “Britannia” roll down Sherbrooke Street in Montreal and crush a car along University Avenue in Toronto.
Credit: Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-022763.

 

Credit: City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 733.