Ontario Women's History
    Ontario in World War II: Women in the War

Ontario has so many heroic stories about our women in battle and near the front lines in World War Two. We also have wonderful successes and achievements by women overseas in administrative and clerical positions. Many of these stories made newspapers, radio, and TV broadcasts; countless more were only shared amongst family and friends.

The following stories speak for themselves. Ontario women were given their first experiences of military training and discipline, shipping around the country to work in different contexts. Many sent to other provinces and overseas were travelling for the first time away from their homes.

Clipping about overseas nurse Lieutenant Gladys Simpson of Kinmount. Courtesy the Kawartha Lakes Public Library Digital Archive.
Clipping about overseas nurse Lieutenant Gladys Simpson of Kinmount. Courtesy the Kawartha Lakes Public Library Digital Archive. [Learn More]
 
Private Ruth Finley with her CWAC comrades, posing with a totem pole. Courtesy the Kawartha Lakes Public Library Digital Archive.
Private Ruth Finley with her CWAC comrades, posing with a totem pole. Courtesy the Kawartha Lakes Public Library Digital Archive. [Learn More]
Private Jean Thacker on the day of her enlistment with the Canadian Women’s Army Corps on 28 January 1943, at the Longue Pointe Barracks in Montreal. Courtesy the Kawartha Lakes Public Library Digital Archive.
Private Jean Thacker on the day of her enlistment with the Canadian Women’s Army Corps on 28 January 1943, at the Longue Pointe Barracks in Montreal. Courtesy the Kawartha Lakes Public Library Digital Archive. [Learn More]
Canadian Women's Army Corps marching in a Victory Loan Parade, 2 May 1943, Montreal. Courtesy the Oakville Museum.
Canadian Women's Army Corps marching in a Victory Loan Parade, 2 May 1943, Montreal. Courtesy the Oakville Museum. [Learn More]
Laura Nadine Hunziger, Thelma Earnshaw, & Marian Kathleen Kosowan, in 1940. Courtesy the Rosseau Historical Society.
Laura Nadine Hunziger, Thelma Earnshaw, & Marian Kathleen Kosowan, in 1940. Courtesy the Rosseau Historical Society. [Learn More]
Sgt. Green served with the Women’s Army and saw action in England, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. Courtesy the Kawartha Lakes Public Library Digital Archive.
Sgt. Green served with the Women’s Army and saw action in England, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. Courtesy the Kawartha Lakes Public Library Digital Archive. [Learn More]
"Pte. Vivian Geach says she likes England fine" from the Lindsay Post, August 14 1944. Courtesy the Kawartha Lakes Public Library Digital Archive.
"Pte. Vivian Geach says she likes England fine" from the Lindsay Post, August 14 1944. Courtesy the Kawartha Lakes Public Library Digital Archive. [Learn More]
Civil Defence Ambulance Drivers in England, in 1942. Courtesy the Oakville Museum.
Civil Defence Ambulance Drivers in England, in 1942. Courtesy the Oakville Museum. [Learn More]
Courtesy the Kawartha Lakes Public Library.
Courtesy the Kawartha Lakes Public Library. [Learn More]
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