What did the women do before World War 2?
Before automation (dishwashers, clotheswashers, etc.), maintaining a family home was a full-time purpose. And mostly this task was laid before the female, while the husband worked outside the home. Females who did not marry became spinsters, which originally referred to menial textile work but later could mean any work to support herself sans husband. The advent of automation provoked the "second wave" of feminism, when the home was no longer satisfyingly or proudly challenging. Homemakers turned to the (traditionally male) workplace in order to satiate their desire for purpose and pride.
Before World War II, women had jobs in what was considered their areas. They were secretaries, stenographers, teachers, and homemakers. During World War II, women were needed in factories doing physical, manual labor while the men were off at war. They also entered the workplace as cab drivers, and bus drivers. Before the war, it was very uncommon to see females in these roles.
During World War II, almost 50,000 women served in Canada's Armed Services. Over 4,500 women were Nursing Sisters (all officers); 750,000 were in the war industry; 440,000 in civilian labour force and 760,000 on farms. Practically all these women were born before women were declared persons in Canada in 1929.
Women were not allowed in the Armed Forces prior to World War 2. There were some that served during World War 1, but upon the war's end, they were dismissed from the service. It took special legislation to get the women into the Reserves, limiting service until the end of hostilities. This was eventually changed and it wasn't until the mid-40's that women were allowed into the regular branches of the services. Women were not…