(in French) Les femmes et la guerre

June 18th, 2020, 12pm EST

Cette deuxième conversation de la série, présentée en collaboration avec le Club universitaire Montréal, explore la place des femmes lors des conflits historiques de la Première et de la Seconde Guerre mondiale d’un point de vue contemporain.

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Front Lines – Nurses at the Front

Front Lines – Nurses at the Front, , provided by the National Film Board of Canada

This short documentary made in 2008 looks at the role of nurses and health workers during wartime. Long days, brutal injuries and both sad and triumphant outcomes are part of their reality. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year 2008, 90 years will have passed since the signing of the Armistice ending the Great War in Europe. More than 600,000 men and women crossed the Atlantic with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and more than 60,000 of them never returned. Front Lines features veterans’ letters to their families and images from the NFB archives, the Canadian War Museum and Library and Archives Canada.

Women Are Warriors

Women Are Warriors, Jane Marsh, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

This short film from WWII focuses on the increasingly important roles women occupy on the various war fronts. In England, their more active jobs include ferrying planes from factory to airfield and operating anti-aircraft guns. In Russia, they are fighting on the front lines as well as acting as parachute nurses, army doctors and technicians. In Canada women have joined active service auxiliaries, and thousands labour day and night in factories turning out the tools of war. From the Canada Carries On series.

Wings on Her Shoulder

Wings on Her Shoulder, Jane Marsh, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

This short archival film documents the Woman’s Division of the Royal Canadian Air Force of 1943, 9,000 strong, an able corps trained for service at home and overseas. Their aim is to prepare themselves for an important role in the flying field after the war, when Canada’s civil air power will prove an essential factor in the air communications of peacetime civilization. Part of the World in Action series.