“Can you sew? Can you knit? Do you want to help the gallant people of Britain?”

Chatelaine Magazine, June 1941

Canadian women responded immediately to the declaration of war. By 1940, the National War Services Committee recognized their substantial volunteer effort, and the Women’s Voluntary Services Division was created. Pledged to victory, nearly 3 million dedicated women knitted socks and sweaters, wrote letters to soldiers, gave blood, organized salvage drives, prepared ditty bags and POW packages, monitored price controls, rolled bandages, and raised over $12.5 billion in Victory bonds.

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