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Women of WWII: 'Dames in the Navy?'

Canadian women were not allowed to fight during the Second World War but they did just about everything else. Tens of thousands joined the women's divisions of the Armed Forces. Hundreds of thousands stepped into jobs in wartime industry. At home and abroad they were welders and pilots, nurses and clerks, the homemakers that kept families together, protecting the home front and the Canadian way of life. These are some of their stories.

"Comrades in Arms" looks at the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service, popularly known as WRENS.  For a clip about a 60th anniversary reunion of WRENS, see the CBC Digital Archives clip Women of WWII: Wren reunion.
Medium: Radio
Program: Comrades in Arms
Broadcast Date: Dec. 11, 1942
Photo Credit: Lt F.Roy Kemp / Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-142415
Writer: William Strange
Duration: 9:35

Last updated: October 2, 2013

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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