Memories from a women in Commerce in the 40s 1948

Helen Bronskill, BCom'48

“We were so confident. The war was over, the world was our oyster, and everyone was going to be alright. It was a very exciting time," shared Helen Bronskill, BCom'48, of her days in Commerce.

She enjoyed her classes and found nothing uncomfortable about being one of so few women in Commerce.

It was only while job hunting after graduation that she learned she would have to play second fiddle to male job-seekers. On more than one occasion, she was explicitly told that her gender was an issue in denying her a job or that her status as a married woman was cause for terminating her employment.

Three of the women of the class of 1948 married classmates: Helen (Armstrong) to Eric Bronskill; Glenna (Julian) to Roly Lorimer; and Marg (Slorance) to David Osborn.

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“Helen Bronskill, BCom'48: The war was over, the world was our oyster, and everyone was going to be alright.”