Bomb Girls: Trading Aprons for Ammo

Tue, December 10, 2019
Toronto Beaches Public Library
2161 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON
M4L 1J1

What was it like to work in a Second World War Canadian munitions factory? Who worked there? What were the conditions like? And just how closely did female employees embody the image of Rosie the Riveter so popularly advertised to promote factory work in war propaganda posters?  

Built in the spring of 1941, GECO comprised of 172 buildings with ammunition production underway incredibly in less than four months of breaking ground.  In its short four-year history, it employed over 21,000 proud Canadians predominantly women who toiled around the clock, and shipped over 256 million rounds of ammunition.

Come hear a dramatic, personal and technically detailed review of Canada’s largest fuse-filling munitions factory situated in Scarborough, Ontario, brought to life by Barbara Dickson, local historian and Dundurn author. 


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