Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society Annual Dinner Meeting
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 — 6:00 for 6:30
Dalhousie University Club
6259 Alumni Crescent located just off South Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Lecture: “Women and the War at Home: Pictou County Women in Industrialized Work, 1939 to 1945: The New Woman Worker of Shipbuilding” by Kirby Ross
As Canada entered the Second World War, the opportunities for women had to change drastically, as a vast number of men were sent across the world to fight against the Axis powers. World War Two provided newfound opportunities for women to join work forces which had previously been closed off to them. Particularly, these new jobs were found in the industrial settings that men left. Employers in Pictou County needed to replace the missing men, and women filled these positions. Industrial roles clearly differed from the domestic work that women primarily performed before the war years. Some of these jobs were in fields that women had worked in during World War One while others represented new opportunities. In Pictou County, women began working in different industrial fields, such as shipbuilding. With labour shortages, the attitude towards women working in this field changed as demand grew for these jobs to be filled. In examining Pictou County, an important industrial center in Nova Scotia but relatively small by Canadian or global standards, the presentation will analyse not only the new work opportunities that opened to women in shipbuilding but also illustrate the ties between these new industrial opportunities and women’s prior experience and the social and economic networks that shaped their industrial employment.
Farmer’s Market Salad with Spiced Goat Cheese Rounds:
Served with house made traditional French vinaigrette
Mediterranean Chicken stuffed with Olives, Feta, Roasted Red Peppers and Fresh Basil:
Finished with a rosemary brown sauce, Chef’s choice of potatoes and vegetables
Vegan Shepherd’s Pie:
With lentils and a medley of vegetables finished with creamy sweet potatoes
Chocolate decadent brownie plated with berries (GF)
Tea and coffee
$50 per person payable in advance before Friday, 12 April.
Maximum seating for 50 people.
For reservations contact Rosemary Barbour,
with choice of menu option (Mediterranean Chicken or Shepherd’s Pie):
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Telephone: 902-424-6070
Please note that cancellations can not be accepted after 12 April.
Seating for this event is limited. If you are interested in attending, please notify Rosemary Barbour at 902 424-6070 or email email@example.com to ensure your ticket reservation and before submitting payment.
Cheques or money orders should be made payable to “Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society” and mailed to:
Rosemary Barbour, RNSHS Membership Secretary
6016 University Avenue
Halifax, NS B3H 1W4