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“Keeping the Home Fires Burning” explores
the experience of Canada's working women during World War II.
Women and Work : This section highlights non-traditional work in the aircraft,
shipbuilding and wood industries in British Columbia, while reminding us that
women continued to do the vast majority of traditional service jobs.
Using personal memory and humour, women describe their sometimes rocky
integration into the labour force and their changing consciousness towards
women and work during and after the war.
Women and Unions : The 1940's were a time of rapid growth for British
Columbia's trade unions. Not surprisingly, women were swept up in the tide of
industrial organisation, serving as organisers, stewards and executive
members. The reasons for and results of women's union activity emerge
through agit-prop dramatisation based on the workers
theatre of the era and personal testimony.
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KEEPING
THE HOME FIRES BURNING
Sara Diamond

Docu-fiction,
Canada, 1988, 49 min, colour
Two parts : Women and Work: 29 min,
Women and Unions: 25 min
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