This past month has been filled with memorials from all over the world marking the end of World War II on May 8, 1945. If you’ve read our blog or been to our show, you know that our band is inspired by Rosie the Riveter - the icon of the women’s movement into the work force during WWII. I often tell the story of how my grandmother, Gladys, worked repairing planes around Prince Albert,SK, during the war so for my blog post this month, I decided to do a little research about how other Canadian women participated in the war effort.
In 1942 Margaret Brook was a nurse and passenger on the SS Caribou when it was torpedoed by a German submarine and sank off the coast of Newfoundland. For her efforts to save her friend and fellow nurse, Agnes Wilkie, the Canadian Navy is naming a new warship after her this year. Margaret is the first person and first woman to have a Canadian Navy Warship named after them. You can read the rest of the story here.
In doing some research I also learned that although women weren't allowed to fly planes in direct combat situations in the Canadian Air Force during WWII, they were allowed to fly and transport them! CBC has a great 6 min documentary with archival footage about women flying warplanes for the Air Transport Auxiliary. You can watch it here.
This wouldn't be a true Riveter blog post if I didn't talk a little bit about music! Here's a video of one of our favourite groups, The Andrews Sisters, singing one of the most popular songs from the 1940s.