Women & The War Effort

World War Two

Unit Overview

The theme for this unit, "Women and the War Effort," will have students consider the contributions of Canadian women during the Second World War, the significance of these roles in shaping Canadian military history and expanding the roles of women to the world stage. Students will engage with these materials to examine the contributions in a variety of areas including; serving over seas as nurses and officers, and supporting troops from Canadian soil through taking jobs such as transport drivers or creating care packages. Students will discuss the ways women were encouraged and supported to actively participate in the rough conditions our country was undergoing to ultimately have the rights and freedoms Canadians enjoy today. Through documentaries, archival films, personal wartime diary entries and news clips, such as Queen Elizabeth' s address to Canadian women, Canadian women on the both the home front and war front will be remembered.


The objective this unit is to provide educators and students with inspiration and appropriate resources (primary, secondary, lesson plans, graphic organizers) supporting the Ontario curriculum connections for grade 10 history. Various social, historical and political contributions because of Canadian women's effort during WWII will be further explored in the the teaching resources, primary and secondary resources below.

Curriculum & the big six

Strand C: 1929-1945

C2 & C3 Communities, Conflict, and Cooperation & Identity, Citizenship, and Heritage

On The Home Front

Textual Resources (Primary sources)

Textual Resources (Secondary sources)


Suggested Lesson Plans - Found online

Entitled Working Women on the Homefront: World War II

This resource gives educators a series of lessons that include opportunities for students to engage in inquiry based learning, analyze primary sources, with questions to guide student thinking.

Lesson Plan: On The Home Front

This lesson plan can be deconstructed to form a unit by making each section in the graphic organizer a separate lesson. Students would engage with the materials for each section based on the topic of the lesson.

On The War Front

Mary MacGregor's Journey

Textual Resources (Primary sources)


Graphic Organizer Template

Like the lesson plan for the home front, this organizer can be deconstructed to form a unit by making each section in the graphic organizer a separate lesson. Students would engage with the materials for each section based on the topic of the lesson.