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Wings on Her Shoulder

Directed by Jane Marsh
Canada, 1943 (documentary, 9 minutes, black and white, English)
Also known as "Nos femmes ailées"
Wings on Her Shoulder
Image: © National Film Board of Canada
Video (National Film Board of Canada)

Film Description:
"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 (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Production Company: 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 the workplace."
-- Gary Evans (source)

"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 (source)

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