In the House of Commons on March 24, 1942, Prime Minister Mackenzie King stressed what had become patently obvious: Canadian women “were the most important available reserve of manpower.”  Hence the title of this book written by a team of members of the University Women’s  Club of Winnipeg. It was a fundraiser for the club’s Scholarships.  A collection of fascinating accounts of how the member herself or a female relative played a role in the Canadian war effort in either World War 1 or World War 2.

Published in 1996, it is now available on and websites and Winnipeg book stores which carry rare or used books and in the Winnipeg Public Library system.



written by members of the Manitoba Clubs of the Canadian Federation of University Women

Armstrong, Armstrong (editor)                      Foreword by Doris Mae Oulton

published in  2000 -  95 pages


Another terrific team effort this time involving members of the 3 Manitoba CFUW clubs. The book is dedicated to Helen Gordon, 1876-1961 (wife of the Rev. Charles W. Gordon (Ralph Connor)) mother of 7 children and a tireless worker for her church and community.

The focus is on 42 Manitoba women who, as of 2000, had not received significant recognition for their contributions to their communities.

The chapters involve:

Women & the Fur Trade

Farm Women

Women & the Arts

Women as Healers

Women & Commerce

Women & Education

Women in Wartime

Women in the Labour Force

Women as Community Builders

Community Activists

The book was a great success and is now available on both Amazon websites,, in the library systems of Winnipeg and Toronto, from booksellers who have rare and used books and the Manitoba Legislative Library on Vaughan Street.   ISBN 0-9687880-4-9