Barbara Dickson is a sought-after motivational public speaker, local historian, and author of fiction and periodical pieces. She lives in Scarborough, Ontario.
2016 Speaker's Book Award â€” Shortlisted
2016 Heritage Toronto Book Award â€” Nominated
An account of the women working in high-security, dangerous conditions making bombs in Toronto during the Second World War.
What was it like to work in a Canadian Second World War munitions factory? What were working conditions like? Did anyone die? Just how closely did female employees embody the image of â€śRosie the Riveterâ€ť so popularly advertised to promote factory work in war propaganda posters? How closely does the recent TV show, Bomb Girls, resemble the actual historical record of the day-to-day lives of bomb-making employees?
Bomb Girls delivers a dramatic, personal, and detailed review of Canadaâ€™s largest fuse-filling munitions factory, situated in Scarborough, Ontario. First-hand accounts, technical records, photographic evidence, business documentation, and site maps all come together to offer a rare, complete account into the lives of over twenty-one thousand brave men and women who risked their lives daily while handling high explosives in a dedicated effort to help win the war.