“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Esquimalt in Capital Regional District, British Columbia — The Canadian Pacific

The Canadian Women's Army Corps (CWAC)

Le Corps Féminin de l'Armée Canadienne (CFAC)

The Canadian Women's Army Corps (CWAC) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Lester, September 25, 2013
1. The Canadian Women's Army Corps (CWAC) Marker
Inscription. Canadian Women's Army Corps (CWAC) Women's service in the military during the Second World War challenged the tradition of all-male armed forces. Between 1941 and 1946, close to 22,000 volunteers enlisted in the CWAC and were posted to bases at home and abroad. Working in such unconventional settings transformed their life and ambitions. Joan Kennedy, later its commander, opened the first CWAC office on the Esquimalt base on 29 August 1941. The Corps contributed to Allied victory, paved the way for future generations of Canadian service women and raised questions about the equality of women in the civilian world.

Corps auxiliaire féminin de l'aviation Canadienne Le service militaire des femmes pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale a défié la tradition des forces armées jusqu'alors essentiellement masculines. Entre 1941 et 1946, près de 17 000 femmes s'enrôlèrent dans l'Aviation royale et investirent 65 métiers non reliés au combat, ici à Calgary, ailleurs au Canada et à l'étranger. Leur travail et leur succès dans ces secteurs allaient transformer leurs vies et leurs ambitions, tout en contribuant remarquablement autant à la victoire des Alliés qu'à l'avancement de la cause des femmes dans la vie militaire et civile.
Erected 1999 by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
Location. 48° 26.181′ N, 123° 25.289′ W. Marker is in Esquimalt, British Columbia, in Capital Regional District. Marker can be reached from Belim Street. Click for map. Marker is near the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Esquimalt, British Columbia V9A 6N7, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Esquimalt Naval Sites (within shouting distance of this marker); Fisgard Lighthouse (approx. 2.1 kilometers away); Underground Magazine / Magasin souterrain (approx. 2.2 kilometers away); Team Work / Travail d'equipe (approx. 2.2 kilometers away); Harbour Mouth Defences / Défense de l'entrée du port (approx. 2.2 kilometers away); Canteen / Cantine (approx. 2.2 kilometers away); Searchlight Emplacement / Emplacement de projecteur (approx. 2.3 kilometers away); 90 mm Anti-Aircraft Gun (approx. 2.4 kilometers away).
Categories. War, World II
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Lester of Victoria, BC, Canada. This page has been viewed 314 times since then and 76 times this year. Last updated on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. Photo   1. submitted on , by Andrew Lester of Victoria, BC, Canada. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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