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SECOND WORLD WAR FEMALE ENGINEER TO GET HERITAGE MINUTE

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Pioneering female aeronautic­al engineer Elsie Macgill is the focus of a new Heritage Minute. Historica Canada released a tribute to Macgill’s influentia­l role in the Second World War on Thursday to mark the first day of Women’s History Month. Macgill (shown here being portrayed by actor Kayla Deorksen in an undated photo) was one of the first women admitted to the engineerin­g program at the University of Toronto in 1923, and would earn a master’s degree in aeronautic­al engineerin­g from the Massachuse­tts Institute of Technology six years later. The Heritage Minute clip centres on her role at the Canadian Car & Foundry in what is now Thunder Bay. That’s where she oversaw the production of more than 1,400 Hawker Hurricane aircraft, which were flown by Canadian airmen in the Battle of Britain.

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