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  • Linda Hye

    Women's Land Army You go girls!

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    The Woman's Land Army of America... Training School Poster

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    The Woman's Land Army of America (WLAA), later the Women's Land Army (WLA), was a civilian organization created during the First and Second World Wars to work in agriculture replacing men called up to the military. Women who worked for the WLAA were sometimes known as farmerettes

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WW2 Women's Land Army recruiting poster

"During WWII years 1941-1945 the majority of able US men & boys of age went overseas to fight the war and many able women went to work in the war materials industry which left American agriculture with a major labor shortage. To help deal with this problem Congress authorized funds for an Emergency Farm Labor Service that included the "U.S. Crop Corps" & the "Women's Land Army" both designed to help get laborers onto the farms & fields to most to help American farmers bring in their crops."

Women's Land Army Poster

WLA commerative medals. According to Nicola Tyrer’s 1996 history, “They Fought in the Fields: The Women’s Land Army,” after the war, Winston Churchill vetoed the inclusion of the WLA in the demobilization grants to women who served in the military. Thirty years later, Tyrer wrote, the WLA was denied permission to march in a WWII remembrance procession. In 2008, the British government finally recognized the WLA by awarding these service badges.

British Propaganda Posters of the Second World War - Join the Women's Land Army

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Women's Land Army girls, 1942, Gosford, NSW, Australia. Thousands of young women joined the Women's Auxiliary National Service (WANS), more commonly known as the Women's Land Army on the home front during World War 2. They kept farms and food production going and helped to feed both the civilian population and service personnel.