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The Farmerettes

When: Sat., Sept. 8, 12 p.m. 2018
Anna Kiefer will present a lecture on the Woman’s Land Army of America. In 1917, this group began recruiting the first of the more than 20,000women who would work the land while America’s farmers were called up to serve in the Great War. The girls and women of the WLAA, also known as farmerettes, shocked American society,as they were paid equally with male farm laborers, worked eight-hour days—and wore pants. Eventually, farmerettes would work on family farms and orchards in 25 states, includingVirginia. A very diverse group of females participated in this state’s WLAA; in Loudoun County, girl scouts sorted fruit at Blue Mountain Orchard and, in Clarke County, picked apples with soldiers sent up from Camp Lee. Students at Hollins College (now Hollins University) andRandolph-Macon Woman’s College (now Randolph College) worked on local farms. Richmond socialites donated money to the cause and signed up to attend the training camp established atUniversity of Virginia in the summer of 1919. These women, and others around the country,inspired Hollywood films, poems, songs, and plays. The speaker will utilize these sources, as well as newspapers, photographs, archival material, and unpublished dissertations and diaries to shed light on the work of the farmerettes


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