The travelling exhibition World War Women, organized by the Canadian War Museum, explores the challenges women faced during two world wars. (Photo submitted)

The travelling exhibition World War Women, organized by the Canadian War Museum, explores the challenges women faced during two world wars. (Photo submitted)

Exhibition spotlights the contributions of Canadian women in both world wars

World War Women features personal stories and artifacts related to women’s roles at home and abroad

The Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery has numerous Remembrance Day related exhibits open to the public to explore and learn through.

Until Nov. 20, the MAG will feature the World War Women. The travelling exhibition organized by the Canadian War Museum, explores the challenges women faced during two world wars, examines the choices they made, and highlights objects that tell their stories.

“Visitors are invited to delve into the many roles that women played in these major global conflicts,” says Karli Kendall, Marketing Coordinator. “Their stories of strength, heroism and ingenuity continue to be inspiring.”

The First and Second World Wars brought enormous changes to Canadian women’s lives, and women held critical and often dangerous roles.

Red Deer women had the opportunity to join the women’s division of the Army, Air Force and Navy. Local women’s and youth organizations worked tirelessly to support the troops, hospitals and those overseas. Additionally, women helped the war effort from home in various ways. Objects on display range from uniforms and clothing items to cookbooks, and containers from household goods.

As a complement to the travelling exhibit, the MAG also highlights ‘Red Deer’s World War Women’.

On Remembrance Day the museum will be hosting informal tours of the World War Women exhibit as part of the Remembering Women on the Homefront . Visitors will be invited to participate in the creation of a victory quilt patch from collage paper to take home.

Tours will run Nov. 11, 1 to 4 p.m.

At the end of the month, guest speaker, Stacey Barker will be hosting a virtual discussion.

Nothing Matters Now But Victory: Molly Lamb Bobak and Canadian Servicewomen will be held on Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.

Barker, an Arts and Military History Historian from the Canadian War Museum will discuss and look at the impact of the Second World War on Canadian women. Discussions will be around those who chose to join the military. It will be livestreamed on the MAG’s YouTube and Facebook pages.

Further information about the exhibit and events can be found at the MAG’s website reddeermuseum.com.

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