Women and war

The roles women have played in wars throughout Canada’s history, including research resources, films, art, diaries and image galleries.


Services and information

Remembering women who served

Tribute to women who served since the First World War.

Remembering women on the home front

Women’s roles in Canada during the First and Second World Wars. 

Timeline of women in war

Timeline of Canadian women in military history.

Canadian Women’s Army Corps (1941-1946)

Second World War organization that brought women into active service.

RCAF women in the Second World War

The evolution of women’s careers in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War.

Nursing sisters of Canada

Canadian women who tended to the wounded since 1885.

Research archives on Canada’s nursing sisters

List of documents for research on nursing sisters during the First World War.

Canadian war brides

European women who married Canadian servicemen and followed them home after the war.

War brides research

List of documents for research on Canadian war brides.

Women's Uniforms from 1965 to 1968

Images of service uniforms for women from 1965 to 1968.

My Grandmother's Wartime Diary

Stories from women on their wartime experiences.

Mary Riter Hamilton: Traces of War

Paintings of First World War battle sites after the fighting had ended.

Molly Lamb Bobak’s diary

Scanned pages of notes and images from the diary of Canada’s first female war artist.


Documentaries and archival films about women in Canadian military service.

Women in the military

Historical milestones, statistics and future initiatives relevant to women in the military.

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