A Sisterhood of Suffering and Service: Women and Girls of Canada and Newfoundland during the First World War

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Sarah Glassford, Amy J. Shaw
UBC Press, Apr 15, 2012 - Social Science - 320 pages
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As the body of First World War literature continues to grow, women’s experiences of this period remain largely obscure, particularly those of Canadian and Newfoundland women. A Sisterhood of Suffering and Service explores this obscurity and begins to redress it.

 

This innovative collection discusses women’s activities in the workforce, overseas, within the domestic realm, and in literary representations to show that women were not bystanders who were quietly knitting for the duration; rather, they actively participated in wartime society, served their country in a variety of ways, made sacrifices, and were deeply affected by the vagaries of war. Incorporating the experiences of Newfoundland with those of Canada, and looking at girls as well as women, the volume enriches our knowledge of an important era in Canadian nation building and takes a step towards writing women into the historical narratives of the First World War.

 

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Contents

Transformation in a Time of War?
1
Mobilizing Women
25
Womens Work?
99
Family Matters
171
Creative Responses
241
Conclusion
315
Selected Bibliography
323
Contributors
330
Index
333
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About the author (2012)

Sarah Glassford teaches history at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. Amy J. Shaw is an associate professor of history at the University of Lethbridge and author of Crisis of Conscience: Conscientious Objection in Canada during the First World War.

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