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Wings on Her Shoulder

Wings on Her Shoulder

| 9 min

This short archival film documents the Woman's Division of the Royal Canadian Air Force of 1943, 9,000 strong, an able corps trained for service at home and overseas. Their aim is to prepare themselves for an important role in the flying field after the war, when Canada's civil air power will prove an essential factor in the air communications of peacetime civilization. Part of the World in Action series.

  • director
    Jane Marsh


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Ages 15 to 17

Family Studies/Home Economics - Feminism
History - World War II
Media Education - Journalism/News
Social Studies - Labour Studies

Pre-screening: discuss the meaning of “propaganda.” Students will attempt to clearly articulate propaganda message in film. What is purpose? Discuss the labour policy question at end of WWII. Students role-play politicians with responsibility of finding postwar jobs for men. What to do about the fact that women now occupy men’s jobs? What are options? Each group makes a policy. Watch NFB film “To the Ladies,” 1946. What is message for women?

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