1941 - The Canadian “Rosie the Riveter,” Ronnie “The Bren Gun Girl” (Veronica Foster)
The Bren Gun Girl was a young woman named “Veronica Foster," who became a Canadian icon by representing nearly one million Canadian women working in the munitions sector during World War II. She was popularly known as “Ronnie, the Bren Gun Girl” and worked for the company John Inglis Co. Ltd producing Bren light machine guns on a production line on Strachan Avenue in Toronto. Foster became popular after being featured in a series of war-time propaganda posters; most images featured her working for the war effort, but others depicted more casual setting, like Foster dancing the jitterbug or attending a dinner party.
Foster can be seen as the Canadian precursor to the American fictional propaganda tool "Rosie the Riveter."
View this short video produced by the CBC to learn more about Ronnie the Bren Gun Girl.
Parent headed the unionization push for Dominion Textile plants in Valleyfield and Montreal, Quebec. In 1946, more than 6,000 cotton workers succeeded in forming a union. Parent was also a founding member of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, representing Quebec for eight years.