Wings on Her Shoulder
Canada, 1943 (documentary, 9 minutes, black and white, English)
Also known as
"Nos femmes ailées"
|Image: © National Film Board of Canada|
"The Woman's Division of the Royal Canadian Air Force of 1943 is 9000 strong, an able corps trained for service at home and overseas. We gain a glimpse of their arduous physical training and their work in a variety of fields. 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 peace-time civilization."
-- National Film Board of Canada
|Film Credits (partial):
||National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada|
Quotes about Wings on Her Shoulder
"If contemporary feminists sense omissions and patronizing in the film, one
must at least acknowledge that The World in Action [series]
expressed a positive attitude to working women and was conditioning
audiences to become accustomed to new and permanent women's roles in
-- Gary Evans
"Films such as Wings on Her Shoulders (1943) and Proudly She Marches (1943) portrayed the participation of women in the armed forces in positive terms but also depicted the situation in not-so-subtle ways that identified women's roles as abnormal, secondary, and temporary. No one voiced this limitation more succinctly than Lorne Greene, in one of his voice-over narrations, when he stated that the 'girls' employed in industrial establishments were finding factory work 'no more difficult than house work.'"
-- David Frank
Bibliography for Wings on Her Shoulder
Brief Sections of Dissertations
Nash, Mary Teresa. "Images of women in National Film Board of Canada Films During World War II and the Post-War Years (1939-1949)." PhD diss., McGill University, 1983. (pp. 520-530)
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