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Forged in War: The Impact of the Second World War on Canadian women and their role today


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Forged in war

Secondary (9-12)


Northwest Territories


During the Second World War, the role of women in Canada changed dramatically. Many Canadian women responded to the call to be involved in the war effort. They gave up their traditional positions as homemakers to take on other positions in the labour force and military. In this lesson, students will use critical thinking skills to answer the following questions: How did the Second World War change Canadian women's perceptions of their role in society? To what extent do these perceptions shape the lives of women in Canada today?


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