In time of war, American women take over the jobs left vacant by the men fighting on the war front. These jobs include the cultivation and harvesting of crops needed to feed the armed forces, the civilian population, and our allies. In WWI women (farmerettes) of all ages from schools and colleges, from professional and business offices, and from homes in towns and cities joined the farmerettes who came to the aid of farmers in 1917 an 1918. These farmerettes pictured are harvesting a peach crop on a farm near Leesburg, VA, in August 1917. The farmerettes are wearing the regulation bloomers and smocks.
Farmerettes Harvesting Peaches, 1917
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