One Gal's Army

Sue Ward

“Can you type?” asked the colonel. So began young Sue Ward’s induction into army life. She joined the army — the first ever Canadian Women’s Army Corps — hoping to go overseas to entertain the troops fighting World War II. Instead, she spent the next four years travelling from coast to coast, entertaining the home troops and, as lieutenant, looking out for her “gals.”

Battling the army’s paternalism and society’s disapproval, Sue Ward and her “gals” established a stepping stone for feminism during the second World War.