While visiting a patient at the Montreal General Hospital and learned about the ‘Blue Birds’.
Read the story written by Adriana Ayers, a fellow Canadian and graduate student in the Public History program at the University of Western Ontario.:
The Canadian Nurse
Between 1914 and 1918, Canada provided over 625 000 mobilized men, along with 3 141 women who worked as nurses and auxiliary workers; not to mention the countless citizens who maintained the homefront in factories and on farms. At the beginning of the war, the military nursing profession of Canada was undoubtedly a women’s sector, however; it only accounted for 2% of the women workforce. Most young women with the opportunity to attend a specialized school were from middle to upper class families, and because the schools were exclusively located in urban centers they were largely unattainable to rural women. Also, nursing schools only accepted single women over the age of 21, so by then, if you weren’t already working – you were probably married.